Forum To Discuss Helping Senior Citizens “Age in Place”


Solutions Forum
December 8, 2011
Practical Solutions for Aging in Place: State Policies and Practices That Work


December 8, 2011

Registration/Refreshments 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Solutions Forum 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Networking Reception 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

AARP Brickfield Conference Center
601 E. St. NW, Washington, DC 20049
Washington DC 20049

The discussion will focus on state land use, transportation and housing policies that help older adults remain in their homes and communities as they age. Speakers will describe how states across the country are breaking down the barriers to building livable communities. This includes successful efforts to integrate land use, housing and transportation policy; design complete streets; and provide services and supports at home. Speakers and panelists:

  • Doug Shinkle, National Conference of State Legislatures, will provide insight on key findings from “Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices.”
  • Jana Lynott, AARP Public Policy Institute, will provide an overview of AARP’s livable communities efforts and highlight key initiatives from around the country.
  • Dr. Rodney Harrell, AARP Public Policy Institute, will moderate a panel discussion focusing on state land use, transportation and housing policies that support aging in place.
  • Minnesota State Senator Scott Dibble will discuss integration of transportation and land-use planning and funding decisions to impact equity and environmental outcomes.
  • Utah State Representative Bradley Last will explain how state legislation has facilitated transit-oriented development and the ways in which the public and private sectors can help older Americans live independently in their homes and communities.
  • Kathryn Lawler of the Atlanta Regional Commission will highlight the nationally recognized Lifelong Communities initiative and offer suggestions for how state legislatures can support similar local and regional initiatives.
  • Don Chartock, Washington State DOT Rural & Coordinated Transportation Administrator, will highlight his state’s model intercity bus transportation and rural transit-oriented development programs, made possible through partnerships with the private sector.

You are also invited to join us immediately following the forum at aLivable Communities Networking Reception.

For more information, contact: Shannon Guzman, (202) 434-3868

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