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For Immediate Release: September 3, 2013
Media Contact: Marketing and Communication Department

Museum Partners with AARP to Tackle Issues Facing an Aging Population

Photo: Chicago suburbs by flickr user Scorpians and Centaurs.
Photo: Chicago suburbs by flickr user Scorpians and Centaurs.

This fall, the National Building Museum partners with AARP for programs focused on the impact of built environment on an aging population.

Livable Communities: Healthy Neighborhoods
Studies show that our homes and neighborhoods play a large role in public health, especially for an aging population. Walkable, safe, and connected communities promote exercise, access to healthy food options, and an active social life. Panelists discuss how planning, design, and community engagement help create livable communities for older adults and everyone.

Scott Ball, planner with Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Company
Terry M. Bellamy, mayor of the city of Asheville, North Carolina
Ted Eytan, MD MS MPH, director for the Permanente Federation, LLC (moderator)
Irene H. Yen, PhD, MPH, associate professor, University of California, San Francisco
1.5 LU HSW (AIA) | 1.5 CM (AICP) | 1.5 LA CES (ASLA)

Boomers in the ‘Burbs: Aging in Place
As people age they become less likely to drive, depending instead on other transit options and walkable environments. How will the millions of older adults who live in suburbs with few transit options get to a pharmacy, walk to a grocery store, or visit family? Panelists discuss a range of productive short-term and long-term solutions.

Kathryn Lawler, manager, aging and health resources, Atlanta Regional Commission
Kelly Morphy, executive director, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
Judy Willett, national director, Village to Village Network (moderator)
June Williamson, associate professor in the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York
1.5 LU HSW (AIA) | 1.5 CM (AICP) | 1.5 LA CES (ASLA)

Both programs compliment the long term exhibition House & Home, on view before each program.

National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(Judiciary Square Metro, Red Line)

Each program: $12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-members. Press passes available.

September 12, 6:30–8 pm: Livable Communities: Healthy Neighborhoods
October 29, 6:30–8 pm: Boomers in the ‘Burbs: Aging in Place

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