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Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population

April 26, 2012   9:00 am - 3:00 pm


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? On April 26, 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).

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Pt 1: Opening Remarks


April 26, 2012
Chase W. Rynd, National Building Museum president and executive director, and Kelly Caffarelli of The Home Depot Foundation, welcome attendees at "Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population," a symposium that took place on April 26, 2012. The symposium brought together professionals and practitioners from multiple disciplines to address housing and neighborhoods for an aging population.
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Pt 2: An Aging America


April 26, 2012
Jack Rowe of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society speaks about "An Aging America" on April 26, 2012. His talk was part of the Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population symposium.
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Pt 3: Keynote by Henry Cisneros


April 26, 2012
The Honorable Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and executive chairman of CityView, gives the keynote address at the 4/26/12 symposium Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population.
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Pt 4: Policies for Success


April 26, 2012
"Policies For Success" session at the symposium Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population, April 26, 2012 at the National Building Museum.
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Pt 5: Long Life in the 21st Century


April 26, 2012
"Long Life in the 21st Century" session at the Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population symposium, April 26, 2012. The speaker is Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, professor of psychology, Stanford University.
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Pt 6: A Mayoral Perspective


April 26, 2012
How can local governments enable adults to afford appropriate housing services and community life as they age in place? A conversation with the Honorable Ron Littlefield, mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Jess Zimbabwe, executive director, Rose Center for Public Leadership. This session was part of the symposium, "Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population."
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Pt 7: Design Solutions for Aging in Place


April 26, 2012
Retrofitting existing homes, affordable housing, suburban retrofits, healthy communities, and universal design strategies provide options for aging in place. Panelists provide real-world, design-focused solutions across a variety of scales. Panelists include: Christopher Leinberger, visiting fellow, Brookings Institution; Ellen Dunham Jones, professor, Architecture Program, Georgia Institute of Technology; Matthias Hollwich, principal, Hollwich Kushner (HWKN); Christine Nocar, vice president of construction management, National Church Residences. This session was part of the symposium "Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population."
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Read the program agenda for a list of the panelists.  Find bios for panelists.

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

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.

Continuing Education Credits: 6.0 LU HSW-SD (AIA)/6.0 CM (AICP)/6.0 LA CES (ASLA)