Today’s adults 50 and older simply expect more. We expect to live longer, to remain independent for as long as possible and to contribute in meaningful ways. A pioneer in the field of aging since 1982, Oasis has helped thousands redefine what they want their later years to look and feel like.
This year’s annual report features inspiring people who know that their work in the world counts— like Hoagy Carmichael, Laura Moreno, Ava Bush and El Douglas. By participating in our national programs, they demonstrate loud and clear that they want less focus on limitations and more on opportunities. As a result, children are getting much-needed one-on-one help with reading, while others are learning about healthy eating and being active. Technology is being turned from a barrier into a tool and people with diabetes are feeling empowered to manage their daily living with hope.
In 2015 we are celebrating three major milestones that matter for a growing number of Americans — the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. These landmark programs shape how people plan their finances, receive health care and receive critical social services when they retire.
On July 13, 2015 we will also celebrate the White House Conference on Aging, which has developed four major policy briefs on topics important to all of us: healthy aging, long-term services and supports, elder justice and retirement security. It’s that first focus, healthy aging, that Oasis embraces best.
Oasis programs address the key components the Conference outlines as critical to healthy aging.
- With proven evidence-based programs, we’re promoting health and helping individuals self-manage their chronic diseases and avoid falls.
- By participating in lifelong learning classes, including our expansive Connections technology training classes, Oasis members are optimizing their cognitive health.
- Older adults taking our classes on safety, fall prevention, Medicare information and fraud awareness programs can maximize their potential for living independently in their homes and communities.
- Our Intergenerational Tutoring Program and unique CATCH Healthy Habits program foster powerful opportunities for engagement with the community, while meeting a real need.
The Oasis impact on what older adults expect continues. We are energized and excited about keeping people healthy and engaged in our society for the good of all. Everything we do is only possible through strong relationships with more than 600 partners and the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations who share our belief that healthy aging is a priority, no matter the age.
See our full 2014 Annual Report
Marcia Kerz has served as the President of The Oasis Institute since 2010. She has led the organization in taking a leadership role in evidence-based work since 2003. Marcia is a member of the American Society on Aging (ASA), served as a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and was a recipient of the 2007 Jack Ossofsky Award, National Council on Aging, for leadership in helping people age successfully through Oasis. She holds a MS in Education from Illinois State University.