Unplugged: The Paradigm of Aging-Friendly Communities

What You'll Learn

  • Identify community-based policies and initiatives that implement new planning perspectives for addressing demographic changes and resource investments.
  • Understand quick-action projects to help communities become more aging-friendly and improve the quality of life for people of all ages.
  • Examine how higher education can be a model for aging-friendly communities.

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An aging America touches every aspect of community life. The demographic shift puts a considerable strain on state budgets and demands novel initiatives responsive to local conditions.

Making communities more aging-friendly is crucial, and businesses and policymakers are grappling to stay ahead of the curve. Aging-friendliness promotes social capital formation and strengthens the fabric of connectedness. Aging-friendly communities adapt in constructive ways to enable people to mutually support one another to thrive.

Explore innovations that shift the paradigm to aging-friendly communities including quick-action grants, age-friendly models from universities, and new integrated mechanisms for service systems.

In this course, speakers focus on the disruptive advances in shifting the paradigm toward aging-friendly communities:

  1. Proactive aging-friendly strategies to maximize and launch new shared service/support system models focused on the well-being of the entire community.
  2. Innovative grants program that builds momentum for local change to improve livability for all ages with ready-to-go projects that can be replicated, scaled, and designed to be affordable for other communities.
  3. The pioneering initiative of the Age-Friendly University network, with academic institutions examining their roles in intergenerational exchange, workforce development, and institutional responsiveness to benefit students of all ages.