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October 2014

Bad links sometimes happen to good newsletters! That was certainly the case with the recently distributed October GREAT PLACES newsletter. Those links have now been updated, so we invite you to take another read, with our apologies for the inconvenience.

Welcome to GREAT PLACES, a new quarterly newsletter from Grantmakers In Aging (GIA). GREAT PLACES will gather, share, and celebrate news from the age-friendly communities movement.
We’ll include updates from our own age-friendly initiative, Community AGEnda, and we’d like to include your news as well.
Send us any age-friendly news — whether it’s a report, a conference, a webinar, a toolkit, or media coverage — by replying to this email or writing directly to us.
We hope you enjoy GREAT PLACES and will share it with anyone interested in working together to create a more age-friendly world.
John Feather, PhD

Home sweet home?
It’s hard to age in place without good housing options. But a new report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation calls our existing housing stock “unprepared to meet the escalating need.”
Also included: an interactive map showing the aging of the U.S. population, county by county.

What does “age-friendly” look like?
That was the challenge of Friendly Places, Friendly Faces, a photo contest from Community AGEnda, an initiative of Grantmakers In Aging with funding from the Pfizer Foundation. The result: more than 500 entries from 29 countries! This photo by Darina Petrovsky won the “No Place Like Home” category.
Check out other winners here.

Art of the possible
See what it takes to make a few city blocks more age-friendly. That’s what the "Living Beyond Expectations" campaign from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) (a Community AGEnda grantee) did, putting on a Lifelong Community Demonstration Project on Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Avenue.
See it happen in this brief video.

Villages to Capitol Hill 
The Village to Village Network held its first Village Hill Day on October 1, coinciding with the 6th Annual National Village Gathering: Many Villages, One Vision, One Voice.  
Interested in starting a Village? Check out the Village 101 Toolkit.

Pledge to support successful aging
The Milken Institute is asking mayors across America to commit to sign the Best Cities for Successful Aging Mayor’s Pledge.

Coming soon: the Institute’s next Best Cities for Successful Aging list.


That’s how many Americans now live in communities that have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
Check out the entire list here.

The right tools for the job
Communities that would like to start becoming more age-friendly can refer to this toolkit and checklist from KC Communities for All Ages, an initiative from the Mid-American Council in greater Kansas City (a grantee of Community AGEnda) and their partner, the First Suburbs Coalition.
Also: An age-friendly community assessment is a good first step for communities ready to start the process. Check out “Building Great Communities” — a new resource from GIA's Funders for Age-Friendly Communities that offers assessment tools for funders and other community stakeholders. 

Collective wisdom
What can you learn from these archived age-friendly webinars?

How Do I Know What’s Right For My Community? Evidence of Effective and Replicable Age-Friendly Interventions features Jeanne Anthony (AARP Livable Communities), Judy Willett (Village to Village Network), and Derenda Schubert (Bridge Meadows Intergenerational Community).

Living Beyond Expectations: Shaping Communities for Living Longer features Tyronda Minter (The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta) and Kathryn Lawler (Atlanta Regional Commission's Aging and Health Resources Division).

Why Create an Age-friendly Community? Evidence of Health and Community Improvements from Around the US features Dorian Block, (Age-friendly NYC), Kate Clark and Allen Glicksman (Philadelphia Corporation on Aging), Dana Bradley (Director of Gerontology Center at WKU), and Mary Blumberg, (Atlanta Regional Commission).

The Political Environment of Age-Friendliness features Dr. Margaret Neal (Institute on Aging at Portland State University) and Hugh O’Connor (CEO, Age-Friendly Ireland).

Surveying Chicago

The city of Chicago, in partnership with the Buehler Center on Aging, Health, and Society, surveyed older Chicagoans as part of a five year planning process to sustain its status as an Age-Friendly city. Explore findings from eight focus groups with older adults here.

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