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2015 Network Conference and Learning Event

September 1 and 2, 2015, Hyatt Regency, Washington, D.C.


The 2015 AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Conference was an opportunity for community representatives and AARP staff to share valuable experiences, advice and training.

The conference was organized by Jeanne Anthony, Project Advisor, AARP Programs/Livable Communities. Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, Interim Manager, AARP Programs/Livable Communities, served as the event's moderator.

See the conference agenda, read the speaker biographies and download their presentations and session materials below. 

The 3rd Annual AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Conference

More than 200 people attended in the 2015 conference (including AARP Oregon Director Jerry Cohen, seen here taking a picture). — Photo by Bandana Shrestha

DAY 1

Age-Friendly Sustainability

Presented by Barbara Stanton, AARP State Director Hawaii, and Joy X. Baura, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit: 

Presented by Patricia Oh, Coordinator of Older Adult Services, Bowdoinham, Maine: 

Review of Resources

Presented by Jeanne Anthony, Project Advisor, AARP Programs/Livable Communities:

Presented by Melissa Stanton, Project Manager/Editor, AARP Livable Communities (Programs)

Presented by Coralette Hannon, Senior Legislative Representative, Government Affairs

Observations, Information and Resources from the WHO Global Network

Presented by Lisa Warth, Ph.D., World Health Organization:

Using The Livability Index for Assessment and Action Planning

Presented by Rodney Harrell, Ph.D., Director of Livable Communities, AARP Public Policy Institute, and Shannon Guzman, Policy Research Senior Analyst, AARP Public Policy Institute:

Shaping Housing Options in the Community

Presented by Christopher Coes, Director of LOCUS, Smart Growth America

Presented by Daniel Parolek, Principal, Opticos Design, Inc.

DAY 2

Lessons from Communities Panel

Presented by Kathy Black, Ph.D., Age Friendly Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida:

Presented by Carmel Snyder, AARP Texas Associate State Director (Fort Worth) and Dana Burghdoff, Assistant Planning and Development Director, City of Fort Worth, Texas:

Housing Options to Support Aging in Place

Presented by Nancy Rockett Eldridge, Executive Director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, Washington, D.C.:

Presented by Jay Woolford, Executive Director, Senior Housing Assistance Group, Seattle, Washington:

Gauging Aging, Communications and Messaging

Presented by Laura Robbins, Laura A. Robbins Consulting, LLC:


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