Supporting Dialogue

PiAP convenes and supports public conversations that challenge us to reconsider our aging experience, and our death.  For example, we recently supported a balanced panel discussion on Death with Dignity that was attended by over 400 people.

Aging in Community: Planning for Our Future

Led by Orange County’s Department on Aging with support from the Partnerships in Aging Program, Aging in Community is a series of community conversations about key issues related to transportation and housing for older adults.  During the summer of 2016, we will host 4 events to learn about and discuss Complete Streets initiatives and Long Term Care.

Community members discuss long term care

Community members discuss long term care. May 19th 2016.

Works in Progress
Orange County Master Aging Plan 2017-2022

The Orange County Department on Aging is excited to kick off the next 5-year Master Aging Plan.  The Partnerships in Aging program is providing consultation and technical assistance to this initiative.  The cornerstone of the Master Aging Plan is broad-based citizen input.  During public meetings held in July and August, at 13 locations around the County, we received comments from over 60 people. We also learned about people’s concerns about their own aging from more than 1,000 Orange County residents over 55 years of age. Janice Tyler, Director of the Department on Aging, conducted multiple interviews with County leaders and stakeholders. The MAP’s steering committee and the Orange County Advisory Board on Aging provide support and guidance to all aspects of the Master Aging Plan.

To advance the Master Aging Plan process, Orange County has become the first North Carolina county to join AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. As such, we will be a part of a nation-wide effort to transform our neighborhoods and communities into age-friendly places.

Orange County is already a great place to age, but we can make it even better. We want to continue to develop new models in all areas, including how we live, how we die, and how we connect with each other on a daily basis. The Orange County Board of Commissioners voted to accept the 2017-2022 Master Aging Plan on May 16th. Implementation of the plan is underway!

Pocket neighborhood

An example of an elder friendly neighborhood equipped with accessible housing and green space

FEAST: Folks of Every Age Sharing a Table

Age segregation is all too commonplace. There are very few places where people of different age groups have the opportunity to share a meal together and engage in meaningful conversations about important topics. To address this issue, PiAP created FEAST, a dinner party series that creates intentional spaces for intergenerational conversations and connections. Guests ranging from 18 to 100+ years are invited to share a meal and their perspectives on universal themes. The program will officially launch in the fall of 2018.

Citrus platter at the first FEAST event on April 25, 2018.

FEAST dinner party guests, April 25, 2018.

Fighting Ageism:  Be Bold, Claim Old
Be Bold Claim Old Program Director Amy Gorely

Amy Gorely, Program Director of the Be Bold, Claim Old Campaign.

The project, led by Amy Gorely, VP of Strategy and Outreach at Carolina Meadows, challenges ageist views of youth as the gold standard.  The campaign suggests that we all get to decide how “old” is valued.  It starts with accepting and celebrating every age.  UNC’s  Partnerships in Aging Program is collaborating to advance and disseminate the campaign.  Be Bold, Claim Old was launched in a two minute TED-inspired talk.  The campaign aims to spark a new way of thinking about OLD. To learn more about the Be Bold Claim Old campaign, click here. To watch a short video presentation about the Be Bold, Claim Old Campaign, click here.

Past Initiatives

Courage Cocktail Radio Series: Long Lives Long View

Lee_Anne_web_color-2080Partnerships in Aging is excited to work with the Courage Cocktail Radio Hour. Producer and host, Lee Ann McClymont, has created a five-part radio series broadcasting over WCOM LPFM, Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC, which will feature five, hour-long radio shows examining current experiences in aging in Orange County through the lens of innovators, academics, volunteers, and artists. The series will feature live interviews with guests of differing backgrounds all of whom share a common interest in leading vibrant and productive lives throughout the entire course of their lifespans. Click here for a description of each episode plus links to the podcasts!

Living Long Lives

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Photographer Chris Adamczyk will explore the passion and vibrancy of living a long life. What do we do with passion and meaning? How do we address abilities that have become diminished? How do people of different ages perceive the aging experience?  The photographic exhibit will be ready for display in Fall 2016. UNC students from Comparative Literature are assisting Chris with the narrative to support her photographs.