Robyn Stone, DrPH, senior vice president of research at LeadingAge, and Kathryn Roberts, LeadingAge Board of Directors chair and CEO of Ecumen, have been named to Next Avenue’s list of the Top 50 Influencers in Aging for 2017.

Next Avenue is a national public media journalism service that focuses on aging issues.

The honor recognizes advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts deemed to continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change the understanding of what it means to grow older.

“Robyn and Kathryn epitomize innovation and influence in the aging services field,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “Their unique contributions will have a lasting effect on the lives of older adults for years to come.”

LeadingAge member Richard Browdie, president and CEO of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, also was recognized.

Read more about the honorees and see the full 2017 list here.