Who We Are

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Alice Fisher, M.A., M.S.W.

At 69 years of age, Alice is retired from the NYS Senate where she  worked in the office of New York State Senator Liz Krueger.  There she developed and oversaw “Senator Liz Krueger’s Roundtable for Boomers & Seniors” and counselled the Senator’s senior constituents on issues of housing, healthcare, quality of life, and end of life. This experience provided Alice with an inside view of the struggles and anxieties of the older adults who live in the district and the role that ageism plays in amplifying these issues.  She also sees the discrimination against older adults in government policy when attempting to develop a legislative agenda that seeks to help the most vulnerable among us.   A long time social justice advocate, Alice is also developing anti-ageism programs devoted to transforming attitudes about age in our youth-oriented society.

“Through my profound interest in longevity and its impact on society, I came to realize that a movement was needed to awaken our American culture to the incessant ageism that is nurtured in our youth-oriented society. Today, The Radical Age Movement is dedicated to creating awareness of the ageism that permeates our culture. This new movement also seeks to change the way older adults are perceived and treated in society, and the implications this has for social practices and government policy.

“I could never have done this without the help of a dedicated steering committee that has been diligently working over the past 2 years to help make The Radical Age Movement a reality.  I cannot thank them enough.”



Angela Hu

As the youngest member of The Radical Age Movement’s steering committee, 27 year old Angela is the current Aging Caucus leader at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.  As a graduate student focused on aging and program development, she has a particular interest in innovative alternative to living for the aging population.  Her passion is driven by her close bond with her grandparents—with her educational background, personal experiences, and skills.  Her focus is getting young adults interested in aging issues.

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Ashton Applewhite

Ashton is a 63 year old author and activist who has been writing about aging and ageism since 2007 at her blog, This Chair Rocks.com.  The voice of Yo, Is this Ageist?, Ashton has been recognized by the New York Times as an expert on ageism.  In 2015 she was included in a list of 100 Inspiring Women, along with Arundhati Roy, Elizabeth Warren, Germaine Greer, Naomi Klein, Pussy Riot, and other remarkable activists—who are committed to social change.

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Barbara Harmon

Barbara is a 73-year-old speech language pathologist with a practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  She became a member of the steering committee of the Radical Age Movement because she strongly believes in living a full and active life and resents any limitations placed on her ability to do so.

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Bobbie Sackman, M.S.W.

At 66 years of age, Bobbie has been Director of Public Policy with LiveOn NY since 1989.  LiveOn NY’s mission is to make NY a better place to age with confidence, grace and vitality. LiveOn NY has over 100 members providing a gamut of community-based services for 300,000 older New Yorkers. In a career spanning over 35 years, Bobbie has earned a reputation as a tenacious and passionate advocate on behalf of older adults.  Her grass-roots advocacy work has won millions of city, state and federal funds in new money and in restoration of cuts.  She created LiveOn NY’s Elder Abuse Coalition, and spearheaded city and state wide campaigns for elder abuse funding and legislation.

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Joanna Leefer  M.B.A., G.S.C.

At 65 years of age, Joanna has been working to combat ageism for over 10 years.  Through her service ElderCareGiving, she educates and advocates for seniors who can no longer live independently.  Her services empowers families and individuals by finding them the best living options—aging in place, assisted living, nursing home–and teaching them how to get the care they deserve.

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Jon Fisher

For the last 12 years, 70 year old Jon Fisher has been a real estate broker working in Manhattan & Jackson Heights. Prior to that, Jon was an art director/creative director for some of the top ad agencies in Manhattan, specializing in creativity. He has won numerous advertising awards for print & television and has marketed for many of the leading companies in America. .At 70 years old, he brings a special flair for the Radical Age Movement.


Mimi Grinker

Mimi started a consulting business in 1995, and has developed and implemented issue- oriented strategic marketing and communication initiatives targeted to a wide range of nonprofit audiences. Her work includes re-positioning and re-branding, developing media and marketing strategies, and training nonprofits in strategic communications. Prior to 1995, Mimi developed and ran marketing and communications for Brookdale Hospital, Planned Parenthood of New York City, and Victim Services Agency (now Safe Horizons), where she started what is now the citywide abuse hotline.                                          Mimi is the Chair of The Radical Age Movement’s Strategic Planning Committee


Spence Halperin, L.M.S.W.

Spence is a 60 year old Social Worker who, for the last 15 years has consulted with many health and human service organizations to help them build new programs, attract government funds and provide quality services. As a gay man, turning 60 represents for Spence a second coming out, and an opportunity to work with fellow Radical Agers to break down ageist barriers and internalized ageism in the LGBTQ and wider communities.

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Steve is a 70 year old professor of social work at the CUNY Silberman School of Social Work.  He is a community organizer, consultant and coach to agencies and community groups across New York City.

Traci DiGesu

Traci DeGesu

Traci is the Seniors Program Volunteer and Activities Coordinator at The Actors Fund.  She previously worked as the Director of External Affairs and Community Development at Hartley House. Traci received her M.S.W. from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Management and Policy and a certificate in Aging and Gerontology.








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