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Learn about Disrupt Aging Classroom, a multi-hour, interactive curriculum led by AARP volunteers who are extensively trained on the content and effective delivery methods. The curriculum challenges students’ views on aging and shows why understanding the growing aging population is relevant to future careers and lives. It’s delivered in college classrooms across disciplines and evaluated to measure what students learned and any impact on their aging perceptions. Disrupt Aging Classroom started as a pilot in 2018 in partnership with Connecticut universities. Following its success, AARP is working to roll out the program to other states in 2020.

Participants in this web seminar will:

  • Examine how Disrupt Aging Classroom can change students’ perceptions on aging in a substantial way.
  • Explain the data showing how students change their perceptions when asked questions such as: “Is it a privilege to grow older?;” “Should I socialize with older generations and do I want to?;” “Have I noticed signs of ageism since taking the class?”
  • Learn how to incorporate this curriculum in a class or on a campus.


Lisa Marsh Ryerson Lisa Marsh Ryerson is president of AARP Foundation, the charitable affiliate of AARP. A bold, disciplined and collaborative leader, she sets the Foundation’s strategic direction and steers its efforts to realize an audacious vision: a country free of poverty, where no older person feels vulnerable. Since she took the helm, AARP Foundation has implemented pioneering initiatives, explored new avenues for collaboration, and secured unprecedented funding to support programs and services that truly change lives. Ms. Ryerson has spearheaded innovative partnerships with other organizations to create and advance effective solutions that help vulnerable older adults increase their economic opportunity and social connectedness. Before joining AARP Foundation, Ms. Ryerson served as the president and CEO of Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.  
Erica Michalowski Erica Michalowski, MSW, is an Associate State Director for Community Outreach at AARP Connecticut. She has been with AARP CT since 2003. Erica has worked on AARP priorities that serve the 50+ population and their families in the area of education and outreach. Prior to coming to AARP, Erica worked in state government serving four years at the Elderly Services Division of the state Department of Social Services, where she was a field representative. Her work has always been in the area of aging and promotion of volunteer service. Erica earned her master’s in Social Work from the University of CT, School of Social Work, majoring in Community Organizing with a minor in Public Policy.