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Webinar: The Aging-Friendly Agenda (CM Pending | 1.5)
March 16, 2012 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The graying of America and the global economic crisis are powerful forces that have converged this year, critically impacting the ability of communities to address the emerging hardship needs of older Americans. A 2010 nationwide survey of communities by the National Association of Area Agencies – the first survey conducted in 2005 – reveals only limited progress in advancing the goal to create a “livable community” for all ages – many are struggling just to maintain status quo. One of the few exceptions is Philadelphia which has the highest proportion of older persons (age 60+) of any ten largest cities in the nation. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging(PCA) has developed an agenda based on EPA’s Aging Initiative model which integrates active aging and smart growth. Age-Friendly Philadelphia is a research, planning, and policy agenda to improve the overall quality of life for the City’s seniors. An award-winning program, the premise is that all ages will benefit from improvements to the physical and social environment that promote an age-friendly city. PCA is the catalyst for generating non-traditional partnerships around the common purpose of four principles for active aging: healthy eating, social capital, mobility, and flexible and accessible housing. This innovative approach to an age-friendly city with building strong alliances as a centerpiece is an inspiring model for other communities.