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Image of 2015 influencers in Aging courtesy of http://NextAvenue.org

Image of 2015 influencers in Aging courtesy of http://NextAvenue.org

One of my heroes is Dr. Bill Thomas. He believes “everything we think we know about aging is wrong.” His work in a nursing home inspired him to challenge the status quo about how we treat our elderly, and he founded the website ChangingAging.org as a platform for innovators to share their ideas.

Dr. Bill Thomas has been recognized as one of Next Avenue’s 2015 top 50 influencers in Aging.

Thomas’s achievements include an effort to revolutionize long-term care by creating the Green House Project, a home-like alternative to nursing homes and retirement communities. His work was featured in a 2014 documentary, Homes on the Range, on efforts to bring the Green House movement to a small town in Wyoming.

Following his 2014 book tour for Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life, Thomas is now visiting cities around the country with a theater production called Age of Disruption Tour, in which he urges us to challenge ageist stereotypes.