gray contributor noun
grā | con·trib·u·tor
1 : You are young-ish
a : ( <40 yrs)
2 : You are the founder of a cool senior project, business, or non-profit (go YOU!)
3 : The idea of joining a tight-knit group of other senior-obsessed folks like yourself and connecting with them on the regular excites you
a : think video conferencing, annual conferences, etc. – Gray lovers unite!
4 : You want our help spreading the word on what you’re doing and open to giving us a shout-out too! (Note: We have big mouths- in a good way.)
Contact us to be a Gray Contributor.
Our Current Gray Contributor Partners
Sensory for Dementia
Sarah Nord, MS, OTR/L, CDP
Sarah is an occupational therapist and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is passionate about supporting the sensory and emotional regulation needs of people across the lifespan, including adults with dementia. Sarah has over 7 years of clinical experience with a specialty in sensory processing (she earned the STAR Institute's Sensory Processing Disorder Proficiency Certification 1).
Sarah recognizes the way sensory health impacts function, behavior, and relationship with others throughout every phase of life. She raises awareness about all 8 sensory systems and equips you with a "sensory lens" so you can get curious about behavioral expressions from a different perspective.
Through Sensory for Dementia, LLC, Sarah provides educational resources and training to healthcare professionals, care facilities, and care partners. She shares tools that can help create more opportunities for loving connection and joyful engagement.
Learn more and connect with Sarah here:
Instagram & Facebook: @SensoryForDementia
Ridge Senior Fitness
I discovered my passion for seniors at the age of 16, while working as a waitress in a retirement community. After that, I tested out a variety of roles hoping to find my “niche” in the senior living space. Some of these roles included: CNA in a memory care unit, fundraising intern for the Alzheimer's Association, home health care coordinator, and (my absolute favorite) a personal trainer for a senior living community in Denver!
After working in the software industry for a 7-year hiatus, I decided it was time to go back to what truly made me the happiest – working with seniors. I thought back to my time as a trainer often and realized that was the path I was meant to take. I took a leap of faith, started Ridge Senior Fitness, and I haven’t looked back since!
I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS) working specifically with clients 70 years and better! I offer in-home personal training, walking companion services, and group fitness classes (in-person and over Zoom).
Allegra Joffe Fahringer
Allegra founded and co-leads the Millennial 50+ Ambassadors of Northern VA, a volunteer club which formed in the Winter of 2019. They are a community of young professionals committed to bring positive change to the aging population in Northern Virginia. The club provides community members with 2-3x a month of intergenerational education, networking, resource information and more! In addition, Allegra is the Executive Director of Let’s Connect, LLC which launched May 2020. Let’s Connect provides social connection programs for older adults in Northern VA and throughout the nation online. Their programs include a phone chat and safety check calls for older adults, resource referrals, online intergenerational gatherings, performing arts outdoors to isolated neighbors, card mailings, fun packages, and older adult education for the community. Let’s Connect believes everyone should be connected and that no one should be alone. Let’s Connect and the Millennial 50+ Ambassadors partner with nonprofits, for profits, local government and clubs to support their missions. Follow her organizations on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Tik Tok!
Let’s Connect, LLC- http://letsconnect.life
Millennial 50+ Ambassadors Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/MillennialAmbassadors
The Dementia Guru
For the past 12 years, Ashley Stevens has utilized her Gerontology background to provide support to caregivers throughout the state of North Carolina. Her story of dementia care began at a young age and continues today in her incredible work journey.
You might be asking, “How did DEMENTIA become her life?! Isn’t dementia for old people?” Well not quite, and at the tender age of 6, Ashley was introduced to Alzheimer’s disease as she watched it take a toll on her Great Grandma Trollie. Decades later, as a millennial, Ashley has found herself organically in the midst of the dementia world, collaborating with families. It’s not just a job for Ashley – it’s her passion. Her calling.
Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in gerontology (the study of aging) from Bowling Green State University and she received her master’s degree in social work from UNCC. Her graduate certification is focused on dementia care practices, aging, and global research. She also holds a license in social work and therapeutic practices.
Ashley Started “The Dementia Guru” caregiving blog and aging lifestyle platform to share her personal care journey, as well as offer other caregivers and millennials a space to connect, learn, and feel empowered!
Dot+Ellie Companion Services
Dot+Ellie Companion Services LLC is fondly named after my grandmother, Dot, and my great aunt, Ellie. Both played key roles in my upbringing and development, and inspired a career in Elder Care. I started Dot+Ellie after having worked at a senior living community for years and earning an M.S. in Management with a Concentration in Elder Care. This business was created to not only fulfill a genuine passion for assisting seniors, but also with a vision to surpass sub-par, traditional senior care with sincere, relationship-centered services to support aging adults and their inner circles while fostering security, smiles, and connections.
Facebook: Annie MacIntyre // Dot+Ellie Companion Services LLC
LinkedIn: Annie MacIntyre
Julia Grace Vishnepolsky (Founder & CEO)
ALMA (previously known as “plantpals”) is redefining the way we relate to aging & dementia/Alzheimers. Inspiring belonging and vitality throughout the lifespan by creating intergenerational relationships with volunteers and underserved seniors living in long term care and addressing loneliness through movement, music, and art.
Incubated under UCLA Arts & Healing 5013c
Como Senior Care
Janie Shelburn (Owner & Founder)
Day-to-day I am working one-on-one with the aging population in Columbia, MO as a Certified Care Manager and loving every minute of it. I truly believe in taking away the stress of aging by being right there to help people navigate these systems that don't naturally work well together. I also work as a consultant for healthcare facilities.
Online you will see me as a Thriving Aging Coach which is my outreach to the younger generation to get them JAZZED about aging. I give tips on how to age well with a mix of life wisdom that I've gained through spending my life with aging adults. I am passionate that aging should be embraced. I'm here to disrupt aging!
Nurse In The Know
Bahamia Ulysse (Owner & Operator)
I own and operate Ulysse Advocacy & Consulting- a boutique Geriatric Care Management firm. I help millennials, and beyond, who are struggling to find solutions for managing the care of their aging loved ones. Through my 15-year long nursing career, I discovered that once a caregiver has the right knowledge, resources, and support, they are empowered.
Nurse in the Know is the figure I employ, via social media, to fulfill this mission. I create curated content about managing the care of aging loved ones and incorporating essential self-care practices. My vision is for caregivers to experience a more whole and fulfilling journey in their caregiving season.
The Listening Ear
I've had a love for the elderly for as long as I can remember. As I’ve worked with this special population throughout my nursing career and in caring for my grandparents, I’ve come to know how vital they are to our society and how much we can learn from their life experiences and wisdom.
While working with them, I’ve noticed how lonely they can be, and that all they really want is for someone to sit down and listen to them.
Too often, their stories go unheard or are forgotten.
I created The Listening Ear Project as a way to be a listening ear for this generation and to share their incredible stories that deserve to be heard. It's been such a rewarding experience for me!
When I’m not hanging out with my elderly friends, you’ll find me spending time with my husband and two little kids, scouting out new restaurants, hiking, reading, or doing ballet.
Thank you for being here and for supporting The Listening Ear Project!
Facebook & Instagram: @thelisteningearproject
The Silver Post
Carolyn Dalle-Molle & Charles Renwick (Co-Founders)