Celebrating Seniors: Reframing Aging through Community Service

Start time
10:00 AM (Pacific)
End time
11:00 AM (Pacific)

Presented by ASA’s Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN)

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Includes complimentary CEUs

This web seminar is based on the 2017 Aging in America Conference (AiA) workshop, “Celebrating Seniors: A Community Program Celebrating Aging and Engaging Older Adults.”

The Celebrating Seniors Coalition, founded in 2010, honors, recognizes, and serves older adults residing in Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park, Illinois. The Coalition concentrates on four main objectives: to facilitate cooperation between the business community, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations for the benefit of the elder population; to promote senior groups and organizations that serve persons ages 60 and older; to raise public awareness of issues affecting older adults; and to raise funds for older adults who are at risk in the community. This web seminar provides an overview of the Celebrating Seniors Coalition, and offers an implementation model for those seeking to create similar programming in their communities. Web seminar participants will be able to purchase a toolkit for community development and service—a resource that can help them reframe aging in ways that celebrate and improve the lives of older adults.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • List the Celebrating Seniors Coalition’s four main objectives;
  • Identify key steps to implementing a community development project that will help to combat ageism and bring awareness to issues related to aging and older adults;
  • Access the necessary tools to start up the Celebrating Seniors Coalition model in their own communities; and,
  • Understand the need for the collective reframing of aging and the dismantling of ageism.


Photo of Lydia ManningLydia Manning is a social gerontologist who investigates complex and pressing problems related to aging through independent research and scholarship. Her research reflects a commitment to the interdisciplinary exploration of aging. Manning holds a Ph.D. in Social Gerontology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and completed her postdoctoral training at Duke University's Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development in Durham, North Carolina. She currently serves as an associate professor at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, where she directs the graduate program in gerontology

Photo of Patricia KokoPatricia Koko considers the well-being of older adults a key priority, and has spent her career working with and on behalf of older adults. She began her service as a volunteer delivering meals to homebound older adults, and later, before passage of the Older Americans Act, developed a non-medical homecare company. Koko also worked for the largest home-delivered and congregate meal provider in Illinois’ suburban Cook County, and served as director of a senior center. Now retired, she continues to volunteer.

Photo of James FlanaganJames Flanagan is a financial advisor and gerontologist who has more than thirty years of experience serving older adults.