Cultural institutions (libraries/museums) and care communities should partner to provide life-long learning, for people living alone, with family or in care settings.

"If you don't learn constantly, you don't grow, and you will wither. Sure, it gets a little harder as you get older, but new experiences and new challenges keep it fresh.” (From Apfel's conversation with Tavi Gevinson in Basting is a theater artist and educator who uses creative engagement to explore the possibilities, as well as address the challenges, of aging.

She recently was awarded a Mac Arthur “genius” grant for her innovative Time Slips method, which uses improvisational storytelling and creative expression to promote well-being in older adults with cognitive impairment.

"Catalyze a social movement to raise awareness of ageism that would transform the experience of aging in America and make discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as racism and sexism.

We would no longer see aging as a problem to be 'fixed' or a disease to be 'cured,' but for what it is: a powerful, natural, lifelong process that connects us all."Adams has led SAGE, the country’s oldest and largest organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender older adults, for more than 10 years.

Basting also has created theater pieces in collaboration with older adults, include "Creativity/arts are the most powerful and joyful way to connect in late life.

Creative engagement techniques should be taught as commonly as hand-washing in professional care settings.Issues that all aging people face, including health challenges, are often particularly complicated for LGBT older adults.Adams, an attorney, has worked passionately on their behalf.He has reminded policymakers of the legacy of AIDS, for example, and pointed out that many older LGBT adults are living with HIV or are at risk of contracting it.He has spoken out on the lack of caregivers for LGBT adults.She is the subject of the 2014 documentary At age 95, Apfel is an unstoppable fashion force who is reclaiming the world of style for older adults with her bold style and anti-ageist messages, including this gem: “I think being interesting is more important than being beautiful.” This businesswoman, designer and fashion icon was hired by nine presidents as the White House designer.