Thought Leadership

As a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, Age-Friendly Sarasota connects Sarasota County with resources and knowledge from more than 450 age-friendly cities and communities worldwide. Additionally, membership in the global network provides Age-Friendly Sarasota with the opportunity to share innovations and expertise developed and honed locally on a regional, national, and global scale.

Since launching in 2015, Age-Friendly Sarasota has sought out and built connections to communities, entities, and leaders pursuing their own age-friendly enhancements. Representatives from the Sarasota movement have attended numerous conferences reaching as far as Europe to learn and share with national and international thought leaders.

Here are some of the notable conferences in which Age-Friendly Sarasota has participated and shared its work:

2017

Florida Recreation & Park Association's "Annual Conference" — Orlando, FL
Florida Council on Aging's "Florida Conference on Aging" — Orlando, FL
 Read our September 19th blog post about these conferences.

Florida Department of Transportation's "TransPlex Conference" — Ponte Vedra, FL
 Read our August 24th blog post about this conference.

CareerSource Suncoast's "State of Talent Conference" — Sarasota, FL
 Read our June 22nd blog post about this conference.

American Society on Aging's "Aging in America Conference" — Chicago, IL
Read our April 11th blog post about this conference.

photo of Dr. Kathy Black standing in front of a conference audience

2016

Grantmakers In Aging's "Annual Conference" — Portland, OR
Read our November 11th blog post about this conference.

AARP's "Livable Communities Conference" — Chicago, IL
Read or October 27th blog post about this conference.

AARP Florida and Age-Friendly Sarasota's "Age-Friendly Florida Sharing Symposium" — Sarasota, FL
 Read our October 5th blog post about this symposium.

World Health Organization's "Aging & Life Course Team Meeting" — Geneva, Switzerland
Read our April 14th blog post about this special meeting.

American Society on Aging's "Aging in America Conference" — Washington, DC
Read our March 21st blog post about this conference.

group photo of "Age-Friendly Florida Sharing Symposium" attendees

2015

Aging and Society Research Network's "Aging and Society Interdisciplinary Conference" — Washington, DC
Read our November 13th blog post about this conference.

AARP's "Network of Age-Friendly Communities Conference" — Washington, DC
Read our September 15th blog post about this conference.

Florida Council on Aging's "Florida Conference on Aging" — Orlando, FL
Read our September 8th blog post about this conference.

American Society on Aging's "Aging in America Conference" — Chicago, IL
Read our March 31st blog post about this conference.

photo of some attendees at "WHO meeting" in Switzerland
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