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Next Avenue’s 2020 Influencers in Aging

Next Avenue’s Influencers in Aging is an annual list of remarkable people who are changing how we age and think about aging in America. First published in 2015, the list recognizes thought leaders, executives, writers, artists, researchers, health professionals, entrepreneurs and everyday people who are helping redefine what it means to grow old in America. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, elevating work that addresses the unique needs and challenges faced by Americans over 50 is more necessary than ever. By recognizing the people making a difference in aging, we can highlight new ideas, spark conversation and inspire others to engage in this important work.

As in previous years, we invited readers to nominate people they think should be honored as a 2020 Influencer in Aging. We accepted nominations between June 1 and June 30, 2020.

This year’s nomination window is closed. Look for the publication of our 2020 Influencers later this year.

What is Influencers in Aging? 

Next Avenue is committed to providing vital ideas, context, and perspectives on issues that matter most as we age.  

Next Avenue’s Influencers in Aging list is our opportunity to reflect on the past year and acknowledge those people whom the editors believe, based on their expertise, have been most influential in the ways we think, and what we know, about aging and who have made the greatest impact. Whether they are advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and/or experts, what they have in common is their work pushing beyond traditional boundaries to change our understanding of what it means to grow older. Candidates for consideration represent the fields of health and well-being, caregiving, personal finance, work and purpose, volunteering, arts and entertainment, lifestyle, housing, relationships and technology and may be any age and live anywhere in the world. We strive for candidates who represent a spectrum of race and ethnicity, cultural identity, geographic location, sexuality and gender identity, and points of view.  

What is the selection process?

The 12 Influencers are selected by Next Avenue staff from a pool of public nominations and recommendations by Next Avenue editors. Influencers are selected because of the work and thinking they are doing currently or have been doing in the past year and is not a measure of their cumulative impact. A person can be an Influencer in Aging more than once, when warranted, but preference is given to people who have not previously been named Influencers in Aging. To see prior Influencers, please click here. 

Anything else to know?

Next Avenue is an independent journalism organization. Our sponsors have no influence over editorial decision-making including the selection of Influencers in Aging. To safeguard our reporting from actual or perceived influence by our supporters, individuals associated with a current Next Avenue sponsor (sponsor staff and/or clients) at the time of the award are ineligible. A list of current sponsors is available on request. Future sponsorships from that individual or their associated organization may be solicited or accepted after a one-year time period.

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