“Through the Institute for Empowered Aging at United Neighborhood Houses of New York, and by partnering with settlement houses and community centers far and wide, I work to raise the voices of older people as the powerful community asset we are, harvesting and empowering our skills, talents and passions for the greater good.”


Terry Kaelber

Director, Institute for Empowered Aging, United Neighborhood Houses of New York
Brooklyn, NY

Terry Kaelber is the Director of Community Engagement Projects and The Institute for Empowered Aging at United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH). While at UNH, he directed New York’s participation in a six-year national initiative to demonstrate the impact older people can have to drive change and strengthen their communities. 

Working in partnership with NYC’s Department for the Aging, Kaelber extended this approach to aging to New York City senior centers, engaging self-directed project teams of older people empowered to launch community service projects that address local needs and meet community challenges. Under Kaelber’s leadership, this work has continued to expand and now reaches 24 communities throughout New York City, mobilizing older people to create new urban farms, address poor mail delivery in public housing, launch afterschool programming for area youth, and organize community advocacy efforts that build communities where all ages can successfully live and age.   

Prior to working at UNH, Kaelber 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. Kaelber has presented widely on aging issues throughout the U.S. and in Europe, and holds an MPA degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. 


Learn more here about the Encore Public Voices Fellowship, which supports diverse voices focusing on aging, longevity and the intergenerational opportunity. 

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