The United States is an aging society with growing economic inequality and socio-cultural diversity. Age-associated disadvantages, such as declining health, overlap with unequal access to healthy places, suitable housing, and other social determinants of health. These have in many cases affected people throughout life. As a result, there are vast differences in people’s experiences of late life.
Today, public discussion and policy focuses on “aging in place” as a way to improve quality of life and reduce costs. However, in part because of socioeconomic differences and structural inequalities, not all older adults can live in or move to age-supportive communities, neighborhoods, or homes that match their values and needs. Differences in access to places to age well can take the form of spatial inequalities, such as inadequate market rate housing for older adults on fixed incomes.
Co-sponsored by The Hastings Center, the symposium will apply a spatial justice lens to this challenge, asking, who has access to age-friendly communities, accessible housing to prolong independence, and sufficient funds to cover housing and care? How can planners, policymakers, designers, and citizens make progress on social inequalities among older adults through planning and design? How can the fields of medicine, public health, and planning/design work together to effect change?
All attendees must register here.
This event is free and open to the public, and will also be livestreamed on the GSD website. (Note: Full event will be livestreamed on October 18, no registration required. Video will also be made available on YouTube after the event.)
Nancy Berlinger, Research Scholar, The Hastings Center
Toni Griffin, Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Director, The Just City Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Panel moderator: Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation
Roundtable facilitator: Reese Fayde, Principal, Reese Fayde & Associates
Robin Lipson, Deputy Secretary, MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Emily Greenfield, Associate Professor, Rutgers University School of Social Work
Emi Kiyota, Executive Director, Ibasho
Rodney Harrell, Director, Livability Thought Leadership, AARP Public Policy
This event is made possible by a generous grant to The Hastings Center from The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust as part of its visionary support for the Center’s research and public engagement on ethical challenges facing aging societies.
(Photo by Ann Forsyth)
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