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Contact: Jeanne Hoban, 216.373.1686,

September 27, 2017


Richard Browdie is among 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts from across the United State recognized by Next Avenue

Richard Browdie, President and CEO of Benjamin Rose Institute, has been selected as a 2017 Influencer in Aging by Next Avenue, public media's digital publication covering issues for people 50 and older.

Each year, Next Avenue recognizes 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts who continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older.

This year's Influencers also include Paula Span of the New York Times, former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, Pultizer Prize winner Ellen Goodman, Gretchen Alkema of The SCAN Foundation, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Wesley Lum of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, and Robyn Stone of LeadingAge.

Browdie has spent 40 years advocating for the health and well-being of older adults. Prior to his current position as the president and CEO of the 109-year-old Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Browdie served as the president of the American Society on Aging, the executive director of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Pennsylvania's Secretary of Aging.

"It's an honor to be recognized among such an esteemed group," said Browdie. "I'm truly grateful. I'm also thankful that Next Avenue is using its platform to recognize the importance of advocacy on behalf of older Americans."

"Next Avenue is proud to honor these 50 people who are transforming aging in a time when this work is especially crucial," said Next Avenue Editorial and Content Director Shayla Stern. "More than 100 million Americans are over age 50 now, and as life expectancy increases, it is imperative that policies, housing, science, technology and culture all evolve to better serve our population. These honorees on our list of Influencers in Aging are on the leading edge of this revolution."

For a complete list of honorees and further information about Next Avenue's 2017 Influencers in Aging, please visit:


About Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging ( The mission of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is to advance support for older adults and caregivers. Our work is accomplished by deepening the understanding of their evolving needs in a changing society; developing and delivering innovative, high-quality solutions; and promoting effective public policies. Founded in 1908, Benjamin Rose provides direct service to older adults and their caregivers, engages in applied social research, and leads advocacy efforts in support of older adults.