After the Civil War, Nashvillians with a passion for caring were inspired to create the Old Woman’s Home, the forerunner of today’s West End Home Foundation. That generosity and insight set a standard by which we strive to continue to operate. The original mission of providing direct care for senior women lasted for over 120 years. As times changed, the Board members were faced with tough decisions regarding the future of the home, but always in the forefront was the loving care of the remaining residents. With this book, we look back at our history and remain grateful for those that had the foresight and commitment to service that led us to where we are today.
–From the Foreword by Kim Sumner Hardin, President of the West End Home Foundation Board of Directors
The book is available at Parnassus Books in Nashville and through Amazon.
The purchase price is $20.00.
FiftyForward Patricia Hart Building Director Sharie Loik Goodman recently sat down with Dianne Oliver, executive director of The West End Home Foundation, to discuss the ways to reframe and combat ageism. While only two percent of national philanthropic dollars are dedicated to aging-specific programs, nearly 20 percent of the population is over 60 years old. Oliver explains how older adults are usually overlooked in society and their experience and wisdom undervalued, but those trends are changing. In 2019, AARP launched its reframing aging initiative. Many Nashville community organizations that serve older adults embraced this change and followed suit, including FifyForward and The West End Home Foundation. Oliver explains this cultural shift as policymakers are working to create spaces for older adults to thrive in their communities including accessibility plans for parks, community spaces, and housing to keep older adults active and engaged. We hope you will [...]
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