The mission of United Church Homes is to transform Aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace. The Center for Abundant Aging seeks to bring together current theory and practice in the fields of gerontology, geriatrics, spirituality and aging, healthcare, housing and public policy within the context of the wide variety of professional fields upon which each of the communities of United Church Homes depend. The Center is to help provide a forum for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration that promotes innovation, advancement of knowledge, and improvement of the quality of life for elders through advocacy, education, engagement, and outreach.
Named in honor of Ruth Frost Parker, a former member of the UCH Board of Directors, the Center for Abundant Aging seeks to build on her vision and generosity which continues to inspire and impact so many.
The aims and objectives for the Center are:
- To advance the awareness of and appreciation for the many gifts of our elders and what these gifts can contribute to the betterment of society;
- To transform the experience of aging from what our modern culture and its stereotypes hold so that we may celebrate and learn from elder’s love, wisdom, and insight;
- To develop educational programs which enhance our understanding of aging and its many dimensions: physical, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social;
- To facilitate collaborative initiatives among those concerned with quality of life and care for the aging;
- To encourage social science studies of aging including quality of life indicators and aspects of care for those aging individuals served by UCH;
- To serve as a resource to public and private institutions, the media, and community in establishing links with experts and information related to aging.
- To be a center for ethical reflection on contemporary mores and practices of our society as they relate to the experience of aging.
Supported by the Board of Directors and organized under United Church Homes’ tax exemption for charitable purposes, the Center for Abundant Aging was created thanks to the support of the Founding Funders during United Church Homes’ Centennial year:
- Linda Brewer
- Rev. John Camton
- Rev. Kenneth Daniel
- Dr. E. Anne Eddowes
- Adelle Elshoff
- Suzanne Schoedinger Ellis
- The Family of Ruth Frost Parker
- The Frost-Parker Foundation
- Plante Moran
- Thomas & Marker Construction
- United Church Homes Board of Directors