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Webinar: APA’s New Aging-in-Community Programs
October 16, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
While aging in place enables older adults to live at home independently, Aging in Community promotes social capital—a sense of social connectedness and interdependence – with systems of support and caring to maximize one’s ability to remain at home in their community. Aging demographics challenge the shape of our policies, planning and physical environments. A 2010 Metlife survey of 1400 local governments revealed that limited progress has been made in undertaking a comprehensive assessment to create a livable community for all ages. Planners play a key role in the provision of structures and services that support or hinder resident well-being, productivity, and prosperity. APA has developed a toolkit to help planners and public officials to address the unprecedented challenges of aging communities: a web portal of resources on ‘Aging and Livable Communities’; A policy guide on Aging in Community; a multigenerational planning framework for decision-making; and a new Planning Advisory Service report, Planning Age-Supportive Communities, with practical guidance to help communities develop aging-supportive programs. Leading players share the back stories behind the documents.
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