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Name change helps change 'narrative' on aging in RI

Warwick Beacon, July 9, 2019

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“It is a welcome departure from a narrative on aging in Rhode Island – and elsewhere – that for too long, has been rooted in ageism; punctuated by negative descriptors, such as ‘frail’ and ‘vulnerable’; and anchored in the past,” Rosamaria Amoros Jones, director of the office, writes in a message announcing the name change.

“Our population is growing older … And today, people are living longer; they are more active, more independent, and more ethnically and culturally diverse. It’s time to embrace a narrative on aging that acknowledges the ongoing contributions and realities of older Rhode Islanders and adults with disabilities.”

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