Our Community:

better with older adults.
better because of older adults.

Pam, Columbus Resident

Pam,
Columbus Resident

Pam,
Columbus Resident

Why?

Many older adults living in Columbus believe that their community has negative stereotypes of older adults (see our report here). Our beliefs about aging predict how we age.

Ageist attitudes inhibit our ability to understand that activity, happiness, wellness and fulfillment occurs throughout our lifetime (McGuire, 2017).

How?

Over the course of four years, Age-Friendly has engaged community members in conversations around ageism: what it means, what it looks like, and how to reframe how we all think about aging.

Below, you can explore some of our major milestones from the past four years. Hover over each to read more! 

Over the course of four years, we have engaged community members in conversations around ageism: what it means, what it looks like, and how to reframe how we all think about aging. 

Below, you can explore some of our major milestones from the past four years!

Age-Friendly Report

Age-Friendly Report

In 2016, the Age-Friendly Columbus findings report showed that 41 percent of older adults either agree or strongly agree that members of their community have negative stereotypes of older adults.

Age-Friendly Plan

Age-Friendly Plan

In 2017, the Age-Friendly Columbus Strategic Plan launched and outlined the strategy for a local Positive Aging Campaign.

#ButtonUpAgeism

#ButtonUpAgeism

This campaign launched with individuals of all ages creating their own buttons. Their slogans are highlighted in all areas of our campaign.

Alumni Photoshoot

Alumni Photoshoot

The first Positive Aging photo shoot was held in 2019 through a partnership with The Ohio State University Alumni Association.

Aging: So Cool, Everyone's Doing It

Aging: So Cool, Everyone's Doing It

Christine Happel, director of Village in the Ville and the Greater Columbus Network of Villages, coined this now famous phrase seen all over town!

Second Positive Aging Photoshoot

Second Positive Aging Photoshoot

A call for participants was shared through partner organization and social media. During this shoot, participants helped identify the locations for our campaign advertisements.

Community Survey

Community Survey

A survey was sent to partners requesting feedback on the positive aging slogans that had been collected from the community through the #ButtonUpAgeism campaign. 218 individuals participated, ranging in age from 11 years old to 94 years old.

Campaign Launched

Campaign Launched

Billboards, yard signs, and beyond - look for the local faces and phrases created with and for Central Ohio residents!

Our Yard Signs

 
Our Billboards

Events

Join us in May for a celebration with community partners and participants of all ages. Check back to see our celebration event date when we release it!

Join us in May for a celebration with community partners and participants of all ages for Older Americans Month!

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Thank you to our community collaborators

Village in the Ville Logo
Clintonville Beechwold Community Resources Center Logo
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Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging Logo
Columbus City Council Logo
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Village in the Ville Logo
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Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging Logo
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