Towards Age-Friendly: Improving Lives for All Center for Aging, Health and Humanities 2019-2020 University Seminar Series

Seminar 1: Towards an Age-Friendly World: Getting Started

Older adult exercises

Aging is here to stay. People of all generations want their community to be a great place to live, work, play, and do business. This seminar series will use the AARP Roadmap to Livability to bring together those who want to create a livable community for all ages.

This seminar series is for you, if:

  • Your research, teaching, or clinical practice includes adults age 50 and older
  • You are interested in age-friendly housing, business, transportation, social engagement, government, health care, health services, arts and creativity, adult education, and/or community services
  • You are looking for collaborative partners for intergenerational projects (e.g., service-learning)
  • You have ideas for an action plan to help older adults live where they want to live, get around town, and maximize their health and well-being.

This 4-part series will bring stakeholders together to collaborate to identifying assets and gaps, establishing priorities for our community, and develop an action plan to create opportunities to improve services, policy, or develop age-friendly initiatives ~ we hope you will join us!

Who is invited to attend: Local government; nonprofit; religious and service associations; interest groups; policy partners; service providers and practitioners; local businesses and universities; and diverse older residents of Washington, D.C.

Seminar 1 will

  • Provide an overview of the AARP Roadmaps to Livability and the Roadmap for Health Services and Community Services
  • Invited speakers will provide brief overviews of their work on Age-Friendly initiatives with the GW community. Representatives will include age-friendly: cities and communities, health systems, universities, business, housing, community services, and arts and creativity.
  • Using the most recent DC Needs Assessments Reports for Older Adults, Primary Care, and Age-Friendly DC the core seminar team will share the Health Services and Community Supports assets and identify gaps.
  • Round table discussions will then be focused on identifying collaborative partners from local government; nonprofit; religious and service associations; interest groups; policy partners; service providers and practitioners; local businesses and universities; and diverse older residents of DC.
  • Attendees will also discuss ideas research, education, policy, for multi-generational age-friendly projects across sectors.

    Seminar Outcomes:
  • Compile list ideas and partners for multi-generational research, education, practice, and policy service-learning projects between GW Faculty and community partners.
  • Begin to formulate priority areas for Seminar 2.

**Age-friendly initiatives are making their way into federal funding language. Faculty attendees are invited to attend the 2019 Faculty Research Salon, an event hosted by the OVPR Research Enhancement Unit in partnership with GW libraries, on October 10 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Gelman Library to learn more about funding opportunities for age-friendly initiatives.