Terry Kaelber

United Neighborhood Houses of New York
Director for Community Engagement Projects

Key Topics: Empowering older people to be drivers of community change, Discussing and Combating Ageism, Building age-integrated communities, LGBT Aging

Bio: Terry Kaelber works at United Neighborhood Houses of New York [UNH] as Director for Community Engagement Projects. Building on work directing New York’s participation in a national initiative to demonstrate the impact older adults can have to drive change and strengthen their communities, Terry is deepening and expanding this approach to healthy aging into senior centers, settlement houses, and community centers through the practice of self-directed volunteer teams led by older community members to address issues of neighborhood concern. Terry is also leading the development and implementation of intergenerational programs that mobilize older adults to strengthen early childhood and youth programs. Prior to working at UNH, Terry was the Executive Director of SAGE – Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders; a delegate at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging; a recipient of the SHARE Award for Innovations in Aging from the University of Pennsylvania; and Director of the Neighborhood Ownership Works Program for the City of New York. Terry has presented widely on aging issues and holds a MPA degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Presenter at Grantmakers in Aging. Topic addressed: “How Funders Can Drive Change in Aging”
  • Lead presenter at American Society on Aging Conference. Topic: “Disrupting Practice to Reframe Aging.”
  • Keynote address for Age Concern England’s (now Age UK) conference on LGBT Aging