The piece is co-authored with Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE, an organization with 42 years of experience supporting LGBTQ+ elders. His expertise providing support to an under-served community paired with Dr. Wong’s experience developing and now running GenSpace offer valuable insight about how we can support our growing population of older adults.
By 2034, adults 65 and older will outnumber children for the first time. This shift requires more resources and infrastructure to support older adults as they live longer, fuller lives.
GenSpace is a powerful example of the kind of center that can be created to support creativity and connection for older adults. It defies the stereotype of a so-called ‘senior center,’ which Adams and Dr. Wong argue is an outdated term. Instead, they call for more spaces that reflect the changing stages of life.