Together, we are the Aging Forward Alliance

Who we are

Celebrating 50 years of serving communities and supporting older adults in living well.

Aging Forward is a national alliance of 55 dedicated affiliate organizations serving more than 165,000 older adults each year. Together with our committed volunteers and sponsoring partners, Aging Forward has reached more than 2.5 million older adults—and we’re just getting started!

Aging Forward is many people combining efforts as one alliance.

Enhancing lives & communities

Our work provides meaningful opportunities for older adults to take on new challenges, learn new skills, feel supported, and serve others. Together, our shared mission and vision is to support older adults through our network of community-based affiliates and to reframe aging into an empowering experience that enhances lives and communities.

How We Help

Together, the Aging Forward Alliance provides a continuum of enriching services rooted in our shared goal to support older adults in living and aging with vitality.

Nationwide Aging Forward Affiliates

We’re happy to share that all Aging Forward Alliance Affiliates, existing and future, operate differently—this is by design. Each local affiliate is developed to meet the needs and interests of differing communities, and each is a separate nonprofit. Affiliate programs vary by community.

01 - Education

Engage in enriching lifelong learning classes designed to help older adults continue to learn, discover, and grow. Sessions are led by instructors who are mostly older adults or community experts, each bringing their unique interests and backgrounds to deepen lives and keep minds strong and vibrant.

Subjects cover a wide range of topics, including computer and technology, finance, literature, music and art appreciation, world religion, “how-to” guides, politics, current events, historical events and figures, foreign languages, and much more. These outstanding courses and topics, combined with unforgettable content and camaraderie, keep attendees returning year after year.

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Be part of growing and serving together, making our communities healthier, more resilient, and more connected as we live and age with vitality.

Our story

Designed by, with, and for older adults

A pioneer and one of the first organizations of its kind, Aging Forward (formerly Shepherd’s Centers of America) was founded by Elbert Cole in 1974 as a revolutionary new model for aging—one that empowers older adults to use their wisdom, skills, and talents to create opportunities for themselves and others.

Five decades later, millions of lives impacted, Aging Forward continues to propel the national conversation on positive aging in America. We’ve grown from one location into a nationwide alliance of community-based affiliate organizations, sponsoring partners, and committed volunteers alongside dedicated leadership and staff, all working together.

Proud partners

Thank you endlessly for your generosity

You’re changing lives and building community with your support.

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Aging Forward National Office
5559 NW Barry Rd.
Box #333
Kansas City, MO 64154

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