What do the cartoonist Roz Chast, Encore.org founder Marc Freedman and scientist Dr. Linda P. Fried all have in common?  Along with 47 others on NextAvenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging list, they are changing how we think about aging and the ways that we age.

Dr. Atul Gawande (seen in the video below) was named Influencer of the Year “for his role in pushing for patient-centered care for the terminally ill.”

NextAvenue’s recently released list is the first in an annual series, and it is organized around five main focus areas:

  • Health & Well-Being
  • Caregiving
  • Money & Security
  • Work & Purpose
  • Living & Learning

The 50 dynamos named are meeting the challenges of our aging population head-on.  They work at non-profits, for-profits, in communities, universities and design studios–creating innovative products, new models of living, advocating for a better quality of life for older folks and for support to family caregivers.

Best of all?   These individuals are promoting the idea that older adults are valued members of our society.

Hats off to NextAvenue for showcasing these remarkable pioneers.

To learn more about how the 50 individuals were selected go here: Oh, Pioneers!