Influencers in Aging


Influencers in Aging

Next Avenue, public media’s first and only digital publication dedicated to covering issues for older Americans, has named its 2017 Influencers in Aging. The list recognizes 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts at the forefront of changing how we age and think about aging.

“Next Avenue is proud to honor these 50 people who are transforming aging in a time when this work is especially crucial,” said Next Avenue Editorial & Content Director Shayla Stern. “More than 100 million Americans are over age 50 now, and as life expectancy increases, it is imperative that policies, housing, science, technology and culture all evolve to better serve our population. These honorees on our list of Influencers in Aging are on the leading edge of this revolution.”

I'm grateful to be among the 50 honored. View the complete list of Influencers in Aging.

The list includes those who work for the government, those who work for non-profits, those who work for large organizations and those who work for themselves.

As someone who started a business to help family caregivers in 1995, I'm grateful that small business owners are part of this list. I hope you find inspiration in this list and know that those recognized are just like you -- passionate, caring, committed.

I often encounter individuals who stop when presented with the opportunity to make a difference. "I don't have enough," I often hear. "I don't have enough money to do that."

When I began my business, I was 32 years old and living with my parents. I worked out of the corner of my bedroom in their home. Anyone looking at my circumstances would have picked me for the last person who had enough to start a business. But I felt differently. I believed I could create something truly worthwhile.

Your success isn't about how much you have but how much you can give. You have much to give. In your giving lies your success.

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Congratulations Denise. Thank you for making a difference for the aging and for those caring for the aging. You are appreciated and valued.


Congratulations Denise! I admire your accomplishments .Your commitment, mission, wisdom & example are extraordinary & inspiring.


I am excited to be the first member here to congratulate you, Denise, on this extraordinary recognition for your years of advocacy. So proud of you, and sincerely hope this leads to more professional opportunity and much personal satisfaction.