In what has been an extraordinarily challenging year, the Reframing Aging Initiative (RAI) has made exciting progress from the local to the national level.
Our network of trained facilitators, equipped with powerful tools and knowledge that have been proven to shift ageist thinking, attitudes, and behaviors, continues to grow. In 2020, a total of 84 new facilitators received training on the research and fundamentals of reframing aging so they can play a key role in teaching others and changing the narrative around aging.
In communities across the country, we partnered with local and regional organizations to train 72 new Reframing Aging facilitators. We also trained 12 national facilitators in key positions within organizations to influence communication strategies and lead efforts to increase understanding of reframing principles.
As so much of the world went virtual in face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, RAI transformed the new facilitator training program to an online curriculum. Facilitators also received specialized training for issues related to COVID-19.
Through it all, our dedicated network of facilitators persevered and provided more than 80 workshops, presentations, and meetings with audiences that included the Maine Legislative Caucus on Aging; Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) leaders; FEMA; International Federation on Ageing; and the National Center on Elder Abuse.
Other Reframing Aging highlights for the year included:
We know, however, that there is still much work to do. Our deepest thanks to all who supported the Reframing Aging Initiative’s efforts in 2020. Together, step by step, we look forward to moving ever closer in 2021 to ending ageism.