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Livable Communities: A Practical Approach

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

Presented by the Network on Multicultural Aging (NOMA)

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This seminar will provide research from AARP on Livable Communities that serve people of all ages and incomes, focusing on recent and future changes for the 50+ population. It also will highlight the Westchester County Livable Communities: A Vision for All Aging – Bringing People and Places: Together initiative, the goal of which is to create a legacy of empowerment and collaboration.  This webinar will encourage people to come together to think, make choices, and take action in ways that will improve the quality of life for all ages.

Participants in this web seminar will:

  • Learn about the housing and community design issues that impact older adults;
  • Uncover solutions to affordability and accessibility challenges facing older adults;
  • Learn how to leverage expansive partnership with organizations such as not-for-profits, faith-based and academic institutions and businesses for the purpose of addressing diverse generational needs;
  • Be able to identify community assets in people, places and things using innovative techniques such as community asset mapping and other activities designed to help set an agenda for community change and enhancement;
  • Develop a method of creating Livable Communities predicated on inclusion, building consensus and empowerment through community engagement while also providing service delivery through volunteerism.


Mae Carpenter, a champion for seniors for more than 30 years, is the Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS.  She is recognized nationwide as an authority on seniors and issues that affect their lives, and speaks extensively about the elderly across the country. Ms. Carpenter spearheads DSPS’ award winning Livable Communities:  A Vision for All Ages – Bringing People and Places Together” initiative. The initiative is the department’s signature project, and its goal is to identify and develops ways for seniors to continue to live in their homes as they grow older with dignity, independence and civic involvement. Under her outstanding guidance Westchester County was recently designated one of the first “Age-Friendly Communities” by AARP, an institutional affiliate of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age – Friendly Cities and Communities.

Rodney Harrell is the Sr. Strategic Policy Advisor for housing and livable communities at AARP’s Public Policy Institute. He is responsible for developing policy, managing policy-related research, and advising on housing and livable communities issues.  Dr. Harrell is also Vice President for Policy of the American Planning Association’s Planning and the Black Community Division, and holds degrees from Howard University, Princeton University, and the University of Maryland.

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