Aging in America: The American Society on Aging’s Annual Conference

From March 28th – April 1, over 3,000 attendees and presenters swarmed Washington DC’s Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham hotels for Aging in America, the 2012 annual conference of the American Society on Aging (ASA). With hot-button issues like the future of the Affordable Care Act and key entitlement programs on the table and the decision to hold this (election) year’s conference in our nation’s capital, it was not at all surprising that health policy and advocacy issues were a primary focus for many in attendance (panelists for one general session, “The 2012 Political Landscape and Older Adults,” included Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee, House Democratic Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz). Other critical themes throughout the conference included hunger and malnutrition among older Americans and formal and informal caregivers and the future of caregiving. Read More…

Reel Aging: Films for the Generations

A Residency on Aging, Documentaries, and Audience Engagement
(The second of three posts on our March adventures)

In the 2+ years since The Graying of AIDS received support from the Open Society Foundations to create our multiplatform outreach and education campaign, we have met a remarkable array of people from across disciplines who are concerned about issues related to aging and/or HIV/AIDS. Our acceptance into the transformative Reel Aging: Films for the Generations residency – convened from March 22 – 27, 2012 in Warrenton, VA, and Washington, DC, by Working Films with support from the the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – connected us with a whole new group of inspired and inspiring colleagues.

For four jam-packed days, Graying joined ten other aging-focused documentary projects, the Working Films team, and advisors and guest presenters Donna Phillips Mason, Anne Basting, Barbara Abrash, and David Weigelt to brainstorm, share ideas, and prepare for Day 5, a convening with activists, NGOs, funders, government agencies, and other policy makers working on the ground to support older adults and those that care for and work with them. Read More…

March Madness

March Was a Whirlwind: The Graying of AIDS on the Road

March was an inspiring, information-and-opportunity-packed month for The Graying of AIDS. First Naomi was invited to participate in a panel at Baltimore’s Graying of HIV: An Aging and Growing Population daylong conference. A few days later, both Katja and Naomi were able to attend the jam-packed five day residency Reel Aging: Films for the Generations in Warrenton, VA and Washington, DC, convened by Working Films. And as soon as Reel Aging was over, the American Society on Aging’s annual Aging in America conference started up In Washington, DC.

The Graying of HIV conference, Baltimore, March 2012

The Graying of HIV conference, Baltimore, March 2012

Over the roughly two weeks members of the Graying team spent in the Baltimore / Washington area, far too many people were encountered, ideas shared, and dots connected to offer up a truly comprehensive blog post. Instead, we’ll be bringing you a series of brief summary posts to share some of the major ideas and key players we encountered and offer up some links for those interested in learning more. Read More…

In Memoriam: Sue and Richard

Since Katja first began her work on The Graying of AIDS in 2006, we have lost a number of the extraordinary people profiled in our project to a variety of AIDS- and/or aging-related illnesses. We are deeply saddened to report the recent passing of two more of our much-beloved participants: Sue Saunders (age 78) and Richard Kearns (age 60).

We are tremendously grateful to Sue, Richard, and all of those profiled in Graying for their generous storytelling, their vigorous activism, their commitment, and their humor. They will be sorely missed.

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Graying Receives Invaluable Boost from Two Amazing Independent Documentary Film Organizations

It’s an exciting time for The Graying of AIDS, with two wonderful new developments in the evolution of our project involving two exemplary independent documentary film organizations:
Working Films and Chicken & Egg Pictures.

We are honored to have been selected as one of eleven groundbreaking aging-focused documentary films and transmedia projects coming together for the “Reel Aging: Real Change” initiative. Launched by Working Films and grounded in their commitment to bridging the worlds of documentary film making, community organizing, and activism, Reel Aging joins previous Reel Engagement outreach initiatives, which so far have included “Reel Power,” “Reel Food,” “Reel Education,” and “Reel Equality.” Read More…