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Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 /

By 2030, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. What are the policy and design strategies needed to ensure that seniors have safe, accessible, and affordable housing and communities? This was the topic of discussion recently at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. when professionals and practitioners from multiple disciplines addressed housing and neighborhoods for an aging population.

The Honorable Henry Cisneros, former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary, delivered the keynote address. He also signed copies of the book Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America (University of Texas Press). The book was co-edited by staff of Stanford's Center on Longevity and is available for purchase in the Museum's Shop (proceeds of the book's sale will support the work of the Center).

Other speakers at the event included:

·         Laura L. Carstensen, founding director, Stanford Center on Longevity

·         Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

·         Matthias Hollwich, cofounder, Hollwich Kushner, Architizer

·         Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president, State and National Group, AARP

·         Christopher B. Leinberger, senior fellow, Brookings Institution

·         The Honorable Ron Littlefield, mayor, Chattanooga, Tennessee

·         Christine Nocar, vice president of construction management, National Church Residences

·         Estelle Richman, senior advisor to the secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

·         Ilene W. Rosenthal, deputy secretary, Maryland Department of Aging

·         John W. Rowe, M.D., professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

·         Robyn Stone, executive director, LeadingAge Center for Applied Research and senior vice president of research

·         Fernando M. Torres-Gil, AARP Board Foundation, director, UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging

·         Jess Zimbabwe, executive director, Rose Center for Public Leadership

Join the conversation on Twitter at #SeniorHousing.

The symposium was an opening event for the Museum’s exhibition House & Home.

Henry Cisneros is Executive Chairman of CityView and devotes his efforts to improving the urban environment through CityView's investment funds. His governmental experience and dedication to America's cities are important features of CityView's "Smart Capital for Smart Growth" strategy. Prior to establishing CityView, he served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was the four-term Mayor of San Antonio, Texas.  He is a graduate of Texas A&M, with a Masters from the Kennedy School at Harvard and a PhD from George Washington University.

 

Support for House & Home and related education programming is provided by The Home Depot Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hanley Wood, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Andersen Corporate Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MASCO Corporation Foundation, and AARP, among others.

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