Sector Event: From Age Friendly to Longevity Ready: Evolving Maine Communities to Work for Everyone

Thursday, March 9, 2023 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm EST
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Hosted by the Maine Council on Aging
Supported by Point32Health Foundation

In 2023, the Maine Council on Aging will be using the Stanford Center on Longevity’s New Map of Life to explore the many ways we need to evolve our systems and institutions to successfully embrace our new longevity. One critical part of this “New Map” involves building “Longevity Ready” communities. While Maine is home to more than 100 “age friendly,” “lifelong,” “village,” and “aging in place” communities, few of these communities have implemented the kinds of planning, zoning, and infrastructure changes and investments needed to make communities fully inclusive for people in their 80s, 90s, and 100s.

Join us for a discussion on March 9th from 1:30-3:00, for an inspiring presentation by Dr. Alexandre Kalache, former director of the World Health Organization’s global aging program and current President of the Internal Longevity Centre-Brazil and co-President of the Global Alliance of International Longevity Centres. Dr. Kalache will share learnings, stories and calls to action from over 15 years in leading this work. This presentation will be followed by a multi-sector discussion about what it will take to begin to design and build communities that are truly longevity-ready, and to make investments in infrastructure through the lens of longevity and age-equity.

This event is open to all MCOA members, their staff and volunteers, state, regional, and municipal government leaders, community leaders working on lifelong community initiatives, health, housing, and social service providers, foundation staff, researchers, and anyone interested in working on these issues. The event is supported by Point32Health Foundation and hosted by the Maine Council on Aging.

Panel participants include:

  • Vanessa Farr, Director of Planning, Principal Group
  • Elizabeth Gattine, Senior Policy Analyst & Cabinet on Aging Coordinator, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future
  • Don Harden, Power in Aging Project Manager, Maine Council on Aging
  • Erik Jorgensen, Senior Director of Government Relations, MaineHousing
  • Karen Campbell, Lifelong Communities Fellow, Program Coordinator, University of Maine Center on Aging

For more information and to register, visit the event page.

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