Creating Aging-Friendly Communities

Together making our communities more aging-friendly

Cities and towns throughout the United States are aging rapidly, with the senior population due to double in the next 25 years; yet, most communities are ill-prepared. Creating Aging-Friendly Communities is a unique online resource focusing on proven strategies for helping communities respond effectively to the aging of their populations.

The Creating Aging-Friendly Communities online conference was held in Feb/Mar 2008 and brought together top experts in aging and community development with individuals and organizations working to make their communities more aging-friendly.

This site makes many of these presentations available to the public, for free. There are nearly 30 presentations now available that we invite you to view by clicking on the presentation title.

  • Learn what you can do to help your community become more aging-friendly
  • Receive practical tips, models, tools and training materials
  • Discover additional resources to make your community more aging-friendly


Week One Presentations - Unique Characteristics of Aging-Friendly Communities
Keynote Presentations

Click Here to View - Why our Communities Must Become More Aging-Friendly
Andrew Scharlach, Ph.D., UC Berkeley, Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services

Click Here to View - Importance of Partnerships in Creating Aging-Friendly Communities
The Honorable Josefina G. Carbonell, Former Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Panel Presentation - What is an Aging -Friendly Community?

Click Here to View - A Vision for Livable Communities for Older Adults
Elinor Ginzler, AARP, Office of Social Impact
Click Here to View - Characteristics of Aging-Friendly Communities
Mia Oberlink, Senior Research Associate, AdvantAge, Center for Home Care Policy and Research
Click Here to View - Intergenerational Perspectives on Creating Aging-Friendly Communities
Nancy Henkin, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Intergenerational Learning, Temple University

Individual Presentations

Click Here to View - Housing Options in an Aging-Friendly Community
Jon Pynoos, Ph.D., UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology Policy, Planning and Development. Director, Division of Policy and Services Research

Click Here to View - Work and Service Opportunities in an Aging-Friendly Community
Phyllis Segal, Vice President, Civic Ventures, Boston

Click Here to View - World Cities and Age-Friendly Communities: Are they Compatible?
Victor G. Rodwin, Ph.D., Professor of Health Policy and Management, New York University;
Co-Director, World Cities Project, International Longevity Center-USA

Click Here to View - Community-Based Supports in Aging-Friendly Communities
Robyn I. Stone, Dr.P.H., Executive Director, Institute for the Future of Aging Services Senior Vice President of Research, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging United States

Click Here to View - Lifelong Learning in an Aging-Friendly Community
Kali Lightfoot, Executive Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Southern Maine

Click Here to View - Health Services and Technologies
Edward Olson, President, E Olson & Associates
Andrew Alden, Associate AIA, Architectural Designer, Engberg Anderson Inc.

Week Two - Strategies to Create More Aging-Friendly Communities
Keynote Presentations

Click Here to View - Strengths-Based Approaches to Community Planning
John Kretzmann, Ph.D., Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, Northwestern University

Click Here to View - What is Our Vision for the Future of Aging-Friendly Communities?
Jennie Chin Hansen, President-Elect, AARP

Panel Presentation - Approaches to Developing Creating Aging-Friendly Communities

Click Here to View - Strategies for Developing Livable Communities for Older Adults
Sandy Markwood, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
Click Here to View - Community Partnership Approaches for Creating Aging-Friendly Communities
Elise Bolda, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor, Director, NPO Institute for Health Policy, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine

Panel Presentation - Aging in Community Models

Click Here to View - Aging in Community Takes a Village
Janice Blanchard
Click Here to View - Generations of Hope
Brenda Krause Eheart, Ph.D
Click Here to View - ElderSpirit Community
Dene Peterson

Individual Presentations

Click Here to View - Building Local Capacity to Create More Aging-Friendly Communities
Ginger Harrell, Program Officer Colorado Trust

Click Here to View - Stakeholder and Community Engagement Strategies to Develop More Aging-Friendly Communities
L ara Birnback, Senior Public Engagement Project Director, Public Agenda

Click Here to View - Responding to the Needs of Diverse Populations in Aging-Friendly Communities
Fernando Torres-Gil, Ph.D., Acting Dean, UCLA School of Public Affairs

Click Here to View - Developing Community Partnerships to Prepare For the Aging Population and To Become Places That Are Good To Grow Up, Live In and Grow Old
Robert McNulty, Founder, President, Partners for Livable Communities

Click Here to View - Fostering Policy Change to Create More Aging-Friendly Communities
Paul Zykofsky, Director, Land Use and Transportation Programs, Local Government Commission

Click Here to View - Transformative Community Planning & Conflict Resolution
John Kinyon, Trainer, Center for Nonviolent Communication
Kristin Bodiford, Principal, Community Strengths

Week Three - Best Practice Models - How We Can All Work Together
Panel Presentation - Best Practice Communities

Click Here to View - Lifelong Communities - Atlanta, GA
Ms. Kathryn Lawler
Click Here to View - Pathways to Positive Aging - Fremont, CA
Ms. Suzanne Shenfil
Click Here to View - Elder Friendly Westchester County - Westchester, NY
Barbara and Jan

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logo Creating Aging-Friendly Communities
was hosted by:
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UC Berkeley's Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services
and Community Strengths with support and consultation
from our technical partner iCohere, Inc.