Phil Stafford receives national award for work in aging
Phil Stafford, Ph.D., Director, Center
on Aging and Community
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Professor Philip B. Stafford was the recipient of the Ageless America Award in a ceremony held in Washington D.C. presented by Partners for Livable Communities.
The Ageless America Award celebrates those who provide leadership on the need for rethinking communities to remove barriers that inhibit older Americans from being active in all aspects of civic, economic, political, and cultural life.
Partners for Livable Communities is a non-profit leadership organization working to improve the livability of communities by promoting quality of life, economic development, and social equity. Stafford’s award was presented by Sandra Markwood, director of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Stafford is the director of the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and holds adjunct professorship in the Department of Anthropology. He is a senior consultant with the AdvantAge Initiative, a national project supporting community planning for aging in nearly 40 U.S. communities, and has provided technical assistance to numerous grantees participating in the U.S. Administration on Aging Community Innovations for Aging in Place initiatives.
As a cultural anthropologist involved with aging services, research, and education for over 35 years, Stafford’s expertise in the creation of age-friendly communities has earned him widespread recognition, including a role as advisor to the prospective national PBS documentary project, “Coming of Age in an Aging America.”
Stafford is a founding board member of the Memory Bridge Foundation and has been instrumental in the development of the Memory Bridge Training Retreat, held each summer in Bloomington. He is the past president of the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, president-elect of the board of Bloomington Meals on Wheels, and a member of the Monroe County Historic Preservation Board of Review.
He is the author of “Elderburbia: Aging with a Sense of Place in America” (2009: Praeger), editor of “Gray Areas: Ethnographic Encounters with Nursing Home Culture,” (2003: SAR), and is currently editing a new volume entitled “The Global Age-Friendly Community Movement: A Critical Perspective.” In 2014, Stafford was the recipient of the Walter S. Blackburn Award given by the Indiana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for contributions to the field by a non-architect. Stafford’s wife, Linda, retired from the Spencer-Owen Community School System after 32 years of teaching and his daughters Libby Stafford and Abby Campbell both work in the field of eldercare as well. Stafford received his BA from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. is cultural anthropology at Indiana University, He is a native of Hobart, Indiana.