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 watch and share this vital conversation about aging.