Access to quality, affordable, convenient health care is one of the challenges of living in a rural area. Learn how partnerships (and celebrations!) can connect people to medical care and family caregiving supports.
Connections, Coordination and Celebration
- Sarah Toevs, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Aging, Boise State University (Idaho)
Age-Friendly Rural Communities: The Role of Collaboration and Partnership
- Randall Hoak, Associate State Director, AARP New York
- Donna Beal, Executive Director, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks
Engaging Native Americans
- Mashell Sourjohn, Associate State Director/Community Outreach, AARP Oklahoma
Finding the best transportation program for a rural community takes good planning by dedicated partners. Hear how communities are identifying the best transportation services for their area.
Moderator: Alan Ormsby, State Director, AARP Utah
Getting Around in the Sticks
- Amelia Bland Waller, Chair, Senior Advocacy Committee, Grayson County, Virginia
Stranded in the Berkshires: A Multi-Sector Approach to Filling Transportation Gaps
- Margaret “Peg” McDonough, Planner and Regional Coordinator, Age-Friendly Berkshires (Massachusetts)
- Wendy Krom, Lead Organizer, Berkshire Interfaith Organizing
Strengthening Local Transportation Options
- Ivory Craig, Associate State Director/Community Outreach, AARP Mississippi
Infrastructure (Economic Development)
To attract and retain a vibrant workforce, rural communities are creating policies and development strategies to ensure that employees have the housing and amenities they need, that economic advances are sustainable and the environment is protected. Panelists will talk about creating vibrant downtowns, developing workforce housing and engaging young people in community planning and governance.
Moderator: Erik Gaikowski, State Director, AARP South Dakota
Affordable Housing in a Tourism Economy
- Harrison Rue, Community Building and Transit-Oriented Development Administrator, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii
Housing Development Post 2008
- Bob Jones, Economic Development Director, City of Cuba, Wisconsin
Engaging Youth in North Dakota
- Emily Brown, Community Engagement Manager, Main Street Initiative, North Dakota Department of Commerce
Manufactured housing, accessory dwelling units, "missing middle" housing and home maintenance and renovation programs all have a direct impact on the ability of people to age safely and comfortably in rural communities. Learn about the tools and innovative programs that support housing advocacy efforts.
Moderator: Nikki Hutchison, Associate State Director/Advocacy, AARP South Carolina
Housing Solutions for All Ages: Small Towns and Rural Communities
- Rodney Harrell, Ph.D Director, Livability Thought Leadership, AARP Public Policy Institute
Aging Homes, Aging Alaskans: Why Renovating Makes Sense
- Jim McCall, Officer, Housing Relations, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Community Aging in Place: Low-Cost, High-Impact Home Modifications
- Denise Lord, Senior Director of Communications and Planning, Maine State Housing
Advocacy requires motivating and organizing individuals and groups to work for a common goal. Effective advocacy moves the livability agenda forward at the local level by implementing changes that residents want and need to thrive. Hear about livable advocacy victories and challenges.
Moderator: Martin Burns, Senior Advisor, AARP Campaigns
An Appalachian Approach to Advocacy
- Sandy Troth, Volunteer Livability Ambassador (Virginia)
Age Friendly Inclusion in Local Budgets
- Jessica Lemann, Associate State Director/Local Advocacy, AARP Texas
Winning at the Local Ballot Box
- Brad Anderson, State Director, AARP Iowa
Pedestrian safety and bicycle-friendly roadways are key to encouraging people of all ages to be as healthy as possible. Programs that help people who don't drive get to the places they need to go are vital for health and well-being. Learn how communities in Maine are creating transportation options and making roadways safer for people who bike, walk, drive or roll.
Moderator: Jane Margesson, Communication Director, AARP Maine
A Taxi to the Bus?
- Sue Lessard, Town Manager, Bucksport, Maine
Enhancing Bike and Pedestrian Safety
- Pam Chenea, Coordinator, Wayne Aging at Home (Maine)
Volunteer Transportation: Partnering with Regional Organizations to Meet Local Needs
- Candy Eaton, Chair, Age-Friendly Sullivan (Maine)
Putting Rubber on the Road in a Rural Setting
- Al Cressy, Fellow, UMaine Center on Aging
2019 AARP Livable Communities Rural Livability Workshop
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- Speakers and Panelists
- Day 1 Breakout Sessions
- Mobile Workshops
- Main Page: 2019 Rural Livability Workshop
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