older adults are leading change

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What can we accomplish when we harness the unique talents, passions, and energies of our communities’ most experienced adults?

Since 2010, in nine vastly different regions—from rural towns in Maine to major metropolitan areas in California, from Baltimore’s inner-city neighborhoods to Minnesota’s remote Indian reservations—leaders have been pioneering a bold approach to community problem-solving. As part of the Community Experience Partnership, they’ve been taking a fresh look at a substantial, potent resource that is available in nearly every community—older adults.

Each community defined its own focus area and planned interventions to engage experienced adults from multiple socioeconomic, linguistic, racial, gender, and educational backgrounds. Although this initiative was designed to conclude in 2013, the communities that pioneered this work continue to reap benefits, and they are extending and expanding their efforts to mobilize older adults.