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Learning, Sharing, and Connecting: Statewide, Nationally, and Internationally

Posted on December 06, 2017 | by Kathy Black
Learning, Sharing, and Connecting: Statewide, Nationally, and Internationally

November was an extended period of learning, sharing, and connecting for Age-Friendly Sarasota on many geo-layers: Statewide, National, and International. 

Statewide:
Age-Friendly Sarasota Community Findings on Civic Engagement were shared with more than 80 leaders in attendance at the Florida Civic Advance Summit which focuses on enhancing civic health in the state. Specifically, we shared the need to create volunteering opportunities that adapt to a wide range of circumstances encountered in aging: caregiving, health costs, transportation, etc. You can read more about our findings in the Age-Friendly Sarasota Community Report. Marc Freedman from Encore framed the “untapped potential” of volunteering among those of us in our “second act.” Working with all generations on behalf of others and shared causes holds great promise ahead! Stay tuned for continued efforts from Age-Friendly Sarasota!

National:
Age-Friendly Sarasota was also prominently shared with more than 400 attendees at AARP’s Annual Liabilities Conference in Dallas. Colleagues from AARP Florida, American Planning Association Florida (APA-Fl) and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs shared intersects with Age-Friendly Sarasota on a number of items: we were the first state community to join the global network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities; we received the inaugural award for Innovations In Planning for All Ages by the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter: and we are piloting the second statewide Dementia Friendly Community in partnership with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (FDoEA).
Additionally, Age-Friendly Sarasota was recently part of the Reinvention Convention, the first collaboration between Age-Friendly Sarasota, Friendship Centers, JFCS of the Suncoast Seniors, and Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy.
Nationally recognized speakers: Barbara Shipley, Senior Vice President, AARP; Dr. Bill Thomas, physician, author and entrepreneur, Eden Alternative; and Liz Redford, Implicit Bias Research Project shed a vibrant light on the perils of ageism and inspired 150 individuals representing all of the community sectors: people, business, nonprofits, government, and media to reimagine the possibilities.

International:
The International Conference on Aging & Society held its annual meeting in San Francisco, California, with more than 40 countries in attendance. Attendees learned societal implications from our growing aging demographic worldwide — which addressed all of the age-friendly domains, including transportation, housing, employment, civic participation, social participation, respect and social inclusion, communication and information, community supports and health services. Age-Friendly Sarasota’s Guiding Principles based on the acronym FOR ALL AGES were shared to highlight the philosophical underpinnings of the age-friendly work and growing movement worldwide!


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