About Alissa Paolella

Alissa Paolella is a lifelong learner and loves aging every day! A journalist for 12 years before moving into nonprofit communications, Alissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and a certificate in women and gender studies from OU. She lives in northwest Ohio with her cat, Midge.

Recent Blog Posts

Pride in the Time of COVID-19 and Social Unrest

By Alissa Paolella  •  June 11, 2020

Wildfires in Australia. A global pandemic, the worst public health crisis in a century. Great human tragedy worldwide. Police brutality against unarmed black and brown..

Dayton Nonprofit, Marion-Based Senior Living Services Provider Earn o4a Award

By Alissa Paolella  •  November 19, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Area Agencies on Aging has recognized four organizations for a unique partnership that brought the first statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and..

Everyday Saints

By Alissa Paolella  •  November 07, 2019

This is part two of a four-part series of stories of people who have shined their light as a beacon in service to others.


By Alissa Paolella  •  March 07, 2019

Christians around the world entered the liturgical season of Lent yesterday. This season includes the 40 days, not counting Sundays (which are always little Easters),..

Aging LGBT Population Facing Unique Challenges

By Alissa Paolella  •  January 14, 2019

Summit to Address the Needs of the Community

National author and palliative care expert to headline Ohio healthcare symposium

By Alissa Paolella  •  September 25, 2018

MARION, Ohio – September 25, 2018. More baby boomers are making plans to ensure quality of life in their golden years. That includes making choices about how they wish..

Abundance as Antidote to Depression

By Alissa Paolella  •  June 28, 2018

A large portion of the nation’s older adults will face depression and loneliness, and despite common misperceptions, mental health conditions are not a normal part of..

In or Out? Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults

By Alissa Paolella  •  April 20, 2018

Movie Follows LGBTQ Older Adults Deciding Whether to Be Open About Their Sexualities COLUMBUS — As the total population of people age 65 and older increases throughout..

Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults Conference

By Alissa Paolella  •  March 12, 2018

Gen Silent conference set for April 14 COLUMBUS — Ohio groups advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) older adults are joining efforts for..