To get involved with activism that supports growing older with dignity and equality, our experts recommend that you explore these organizations. These recommendations are not endorsements, since organizations can change over time, and it’s important to find a group that fits you and your values.
The Gray Panthers are a series of multi-generational local advocacy networks in the United States which confront ageism and many other social justice issues. Their advocacy and outreach ranges from sharing presentations on YouTube to participating in deliberations with the United Nations. There are many ways to volunteer, such as lending expertise, attending protests, and serving on subcommittees.
The Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing quality, dignity, and justice in long-term care. They provide opportunities to get in touch with legislators about the importance of protecting people in long-term care. Additionally, people in New York State can apply to become certified Ombudsmen who advocate for people in long-term care. Anyone (other than an employee of a long-term care facility) can become a member of LTCCC and join their brainstorming and planning meetings.
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ older people. Opportunities for volunteers include hosting SAGE Tables to build intergenerational connections; becoming Ambassadors who educate their communities on LGBTQIA+ aging; and attending trainings, webinars, and other events to learn more and build advocacy skills.