How we work
Age On (formally Age-Friendly Network Nevada) began in January of 2017, after acknowledging a need to change the way we talk about aging. Age On facilitates a network aimed at providing a voice for older adults by collecting positive stories to fight outdated stereotypes.
We focus on connecting and unifying voices, combating ageism, informing the problem on social and economic insecurities; and helping support organizations promoting an age friendly city. Age On is committed to local collaboration and thinks local first.
Age On spotlights the need for human connection and wellbeing, by offering a reading program to older adults and providing opportunities to learn music. By collecting positive stories on aging we can help combat ageism, promote advocacy and educate the community.
Aging is positive, and together we can Age On!
Age On - Meaning
Expresses a general enthusiasm about aging, derived from phrases like “game-on” “bring it on” and “right on”. The term cast’s aging as a dynamic and forward moving process through the buildup of experiences and insights. It denotes a readiness and eagerness to face the challenges of aging stereotypes.
Unite, read & Relate
Read aloud to older adults is our largest program, boasting 100 volunteer. For older adults who loved to read, listening to someone read to them can bring profound comfort and joy. There are many different reasons why older adults may give up reading. Common barriers include poor vision, lack of strength to hold up a book, tremors, dementia, and other medical reasons. Losing the ability to read often leaves people feeling withdrawn, sad and isolated.By reading aloud to an older adult, you can help improve the quality of their life. Improvements include:
· Stimulate memories and creativity
· Improve mood and concentration
· Increase social interaction
All volunteers who are 18+ are vetted and background check for all reading assignments. Volunteers read in private homes or senior communities. Volunteers have a wide variety of opprutunites to read one-on-one weekly or to a group monthy. With notice we can customize a volunteer shift and provide oppurtunites for high school groups to volunteer as well.
New! Coming this Septemeber.
Music lessons to older adults. Evidence suggests that after six months of music lessons, there were more robust gains in memory, verbal fluency, the speed at which they processed information, planning ability, and other cognitive functions, compared with those who had not received lessons. Moreover, research has linked music creativity to improvements of the body’s immune system such as the presence of antibodies and vital signs which promote a greater quality of life.
While music has proven to be beneficial for this age group, there seems to be a severe lack of support. Despite the proven benefits to this age group, these programs are historically targeted to children and young adults, and the lack of access to learn and create music in the third age is often associated with ageism. Age On is commited to providing new opportunities like this music program to help promote wellness.
Collecting Positive Stories on Aging
Storytelling has earned its place as the most important tradition humans possess. The most important reason for this being that every story contains a lesson to instruct the audience. Stories teach us to love, to forgive others, to be just and to strive for better than we have. (Carpenter, 2013; https://hslda.org/Contests/Essay/2013/Cat3/Carpenter.pdf)
By collecting positive stories on aging, we can help combat agism by challenging outdated sterotypes. Storytelling helps disrupt the norm, so we change the way we talk about aging. Collecting positive stories disrupts not only the status que, but the system stabilizers (like media) which enables ageism.
If you have a story you would like to share. Let us know! we would love to hear from you.