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AARP Livable Communities Conference Reflections

Posted on October 27, 2016 | by Kathy Black
AARP Livable Communities Conference Reflections

Age-Friendly Sarasota was proudly represented at the AARP Livable Communities Conference in Chicago on October 17th, co-presenting with Laura Cantwell, Age-Friendly Communities Coordinator for AARP Florida, and Gail Holley, Research Director of the Coalition for Safe Mobility at the Florida Department of Transportation. Our session, Promoting Transportation via Multi-Sector Collaboration, demonstrated the Age-Friendly Sarasota model of sector involvement (government, community, business, non-profits and media). Transportation findings from our baseline community assessment and the intersect with the work of the Coalition was discussed. The voices of our community identified the importance of driving, concerns with changing driving abilities, the appreciation of advanced signage, as well as limits of available and affordable options. The Coalition reported on their long-standing efforts vis-à-vis pedestrian safety, driver and passenger safety, road infrastructure, bicycles and transitioning from driving.

I was also personally pleased to serve as moderator for two additional sessions: Engaging with Funders: Sharing Insights on Partnerships and Communicating Coast to Coast: Telling the Livable Communities Story from Maine to California. Panelists at the sessions included age-friendly leaders from Maine, Massachusetts, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, California. Strengthening organizational capacity was a prominent theme of the first session and utilizing multiple modalities to educate the public was a core theme of the second panel.

Attendance and participation at the AARP 2016 Livable Communities Conference illustrate alignment with The Patterson Foundation principles:

Connect - Learn - Share - Evolve - Strengthen


Other communities have benefitted from these tenets that foster relationships and impact. Hundreds of #AgeFriendly representatives from across the country attended the conference and over a hundred persons participated in the sessions – representing the interest throughout the nation and our increasingly prominent place in the growing age-friendly movement. Already looking forward to next year’s event!

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