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National Facilitators

Overview & Benefits

National Facilitators have the exciting role of being on the frontlines of this nationwide movement to change our society’s attitudes and approaches to aging. Facilitators are trained by the National Center to help our team lead workshops, make presentations, and offer basic technical assistance to people wishing to apply the National Center's evidence-based framing strategies. Facilitators bring the strategies to reframe aging to communications professionals, advocates, community leaders, and other influencers who are ready to learn and apply them. Facilitators also model the strategy in their own reframed communications and discourse. The National Center to Reframe Aging also offers ongoing learning and support to facilitators following the training. 

Application Process

National Facilitators are selected from via a competitive application process and must attend all training sessions, the details of which can be found below. 

The application form consists of applicant contact information, five narrative questions, a letter of support, and an agreement to the requirements of being a National Facilitator. The five narrative questions are: 

  1. Describe your work in the field of aging or related field
  2. Are you or is your organization involved currently with initiatives or efforts to address ageism or how the public views aging?
  3. Identify the audiences, such as coalitions, networks, or organizations, to which you are connected and believe would be open/interested or believe it would be an important group to approach about conducting a workshops/presentations about reframing aging
  4. Why do you think you would be an effective National Facilitator? Please include any relevant experience with large group facilitation, public speaking, training, and/or adult learning.
  5. Please share with us your experience and exposure to the research-based, communications principals from the National Center to Reframe Aging, formerly known as the Reframing Aging Iniatitive. List workshops, presentations, webinars or other encounters you've had with reframing aging whether from the National Center or another source. Details such as location, speakers, and topics are encouraged.

Click here to view the application form

Training Schedule

The facilitator training is conducted online over a two-month period. The goal of the training is to equip you to learn and teach the communication strategy to reframe aging.

Training Pre-Work (Virtual): Core Elements to Reframe Aging Online Course

  • Date: To be completed between Friday, July 14 and Monday, July 31
  • Location: Online Learning Center, self-paced learning
  • Description: Complete self-paced online Core Elements to Reframe Aging course, approximately 3 hours of content.

Training Kick-Off (In-Person): Welcome and Core Elements to Reframe Aging Intensive

  • Date: Tuesday, August 1, noon ET - Wednesday, August 2, 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: The Gerontological Society of America's Office, 1101 14th Street NW, Suite 1220, Washington, DC 20005
    Successful applicants will be responsible for travel to and from the training
  • Description: 1.5 day in-person training to apply learnings from online course and network with fellow Facilitators

Training Pre-Work (Virtual): Core Elements to Reframe Aging Online Course

  • Dates: Thursdays from August 17 - September 21
    • Thursday, August 17, noon - 2 p.m. ET via Zoom
    • Thursday, August 24, noon - 2 p.m. ET via Zoom
    • Thursday, August 31, noon - 2 p.m. ET via Zoom
    • Thursday, September 7, noon - 2 p.m. ET via Zoom
    • Thursday, September 14, noon - 1 p.m. ET via Zoom (optional office hours)
    • Thursday, September 21, noon - 2 p.m. ET via Zoom
  •  Location: Online, Live Zoom Sessions
  • Description: Learn how to teach the principals to reframe aging.


Join us on Friday, June 16, noon - 12:30 p.m. ET for a Lunch & Learn session about the National Facilitator role and training process. You can register here!

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About Us

The National Center to Reframe Aging is dedicated to ending ageism by advancing an equitable and complete story about aging in America. The center is the trusted source for proven communication strategies and tools to effectively frame aging issues. It is the nation’s leading organization, cultivating an active community of individuals and organizations to spread awareness of implicit bias toward older people and influence policies and programs that benefit  all of us as we age.

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