Reshaping Later Life
For a society that has long ago projected an ageing population, little has changed in the way we plan and build for life’s later years. The culture of secluding older adults in specific points in the city has created an environment that excludes a sector of society most in need of support and integration. Our mature population is underrepresented in urban planning, exacerbating the social isolation that contributes to higher mortality rates.
Day 3 of the festival will deal with how we can change our approach to planning for the older adults, towards better physical and mental health and access to participating and benefitting fully from city life.
Designers, community planners and organizers, advocates and activists, decision- and policy-makers, and behavioral scientists will present forward-thinking approaches to share knowledge and problem-solve in this festival workshop.
- Create a dialogue between researchers, practitioners, community planners and decision-makers reaching practical applications for impact-driven design.
- Establish a Community of Practice focused on each festival thematic which activates and sets up engagement into the future.
- Create outputs from each session that can act as both a resource and a catalyst for action within city agencies.
We will be joined by representatives of New York’s City Hall and other city agencies interested in the latest innovation in planning and engagement with local communities.
Meredith Oppenheim Consulting
Center for Home Care Policy & Research of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)
Director of Healthy Aging at the New York Academy of Medicine
Executive Director of the Global Coalition on Aging
Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, Hunter College, the City University of New York
LaGuardia Community College
National Council on Aging
Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Business Improvement District
Bridge Street Development Corporation