Frail Aging in Rural Communities and Small Towns: An International Comparison of Challenges and Practices
You'll learn about:
A framework for conceptualizing the needs of frail older adults in low-density areas and the range of possible local housing and service responses;
The magnitude of the need to address these needs over the next 10-20 years;
Innovative examples of local efforts in three countries to support provision of affordable, accessible housing; provision of care, support services, and transportation; and opportunities for social connection; and
How planners might capitalize on unique advantages of low-density areas to promote age-friendly efforts, including ready access to the Mayor/Council/decision makers, fewer layers of bureaucracy, and accessible decision makers.
Population aging is placing new demands on societies around the world. As the baby boom population enters older age and the ranks of those 80 and over increase dramatically over the next several decades, a central question will be how to house and support one of the most vulnerable groups in the population, the frail elderly, in difficult-to-service small towns, low-density suburbs, and rural areas. This session first presents a conceptual framework of the housing and service needs of the frail elderly and possible government responses, as well as projections of the magnitude of these needs over the next two decades. We then turn to examples of innovation from three countries, the US, Canada, and Australia, exploring how local governments are responding to the needs of the frail elderly who live - and want to age - in low-density settings, with housing alternatives, service delivery, and age-friendly initiatives. The panel will highlight the unique challenges, opportunities, and cultural attitudes around aging in each location while emphasizing the universal lessons that can be applied across borders.
Confirmed SpeakerLydia Morken is a livable communities planner based in Minnesota's Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. With a background in the nonprofit, corporate, and philanthropic sectors, she researches and consults with cities working to become better places for people of all ages, especially older adults. Her wide-ranging content experience also includes community and workforce development, and collective action strategies to address complex community challenges. Lydia earned a master's degree in regional planning from Cornell University.
, University of Manitoba
Confirmed SpeakerDr. Verena Menec is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine, at the University of Manitoba. Her main research interests lie in the areas of healthy aging, determinants of healthy aging, age-friendly communities, and health care utilization among older adults, particularly at the end of life.
, Harvard University
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Molinsky is a Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, where she manages the Center’s work on housing for older adults. She was lead author on the 2016 Older Households 2015-2035: Projections and Implications for Housing a Growing Population as well as Housing America’s Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population (2014). Jennifer’s work also touches on land use regulation, multifamily housing, and family-sized housing supply. She was a co-editor of the 2014 book Homeownership Built to Last: Balancing Access, Affordability, and Risk After the Housing Crisis. Jennifer is also a lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining the Joint Center, Jennifer served as Chief Planner for Long Range Planning in Newton, MA; researcher at Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Associate Director of Issues at the Municipal Art Society of New York, and as a member of the Planning Board in Cambridge as well as other local planning committees. Jennifer has also held positions with Abt Associates and with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ government housing finance practice, where she worked on projects related to housing finance, affordable housing, and community development. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from MIT, a Masters of Public Affairs-Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and a B.A. from Yale.
, Harvard University
Confirmed SpeakerTrained in planning and architecture, Ann Forsyth is a professor of urban planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Forsyth works mainly on the social aspects of physical planning and urban development. The big issue behind her research and practice is how to make more sustainable and healthy cities. Forsyth’s contributions have been to analyze the success of planned alternatives to sprawl, particularly exploring the tensions between social and ecological values in urban design. She is author or co-author of five books and over 170 refereed and magazine articles, chapters, monographs, and book reviews. She has won over fifty awards, citations, and fellowships for individual and collaborative professional and research work. http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/ann-forsyth/ http://annforsyth.net/research/