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How Prepared are America's Communities to Handle the Aging Boom?
Date:6/9/2009

Innovators in Four Locations to Hold Discussions on Aging in Place throughout June With Grants Available for Innovative Community Ideas

WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of a national movement to promote "Aging in Place" initiatives, four communities in America will be hosting workshops throughout the month of June, bringing local experts together for discussions aimed at helping older Americans remain in their communities.

Attendees also will learn how to apply for "JumpStart the Conversation" grants designed to help local organizations bring innovative ideas to life. The workshops are sponsored by MetLife Foundation, Partners for Livable Communities (Partners), and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).

The events taking place during the month of June include:

  • San Antonio, Texas -- June 11, Redesigning Communities for Aging in Place
  • Richmond, Virginia -- June 17, Engaging Community Leaders in the Process
  • Wichita, Kansas -- June 23, Revitalizing Communities for All Generations
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee -- June 30, Building Partnerships

The workshops are the latest in a two-year series of dynamic events with key innovators and representatives from specific regions looking to identify strategies for improving livability for those of all ages through: partnership building, community redesign and intergenerational connections. Local discussions complement the national conversation on aging and highlight the creative work being done to make communities first-rate areas for all ages.

According to the 2006 survey, "The Maturing of America -- Getting Communities on Track for an Aging Population," a report led by n4a, Partners, the International City-County Management Association, the Nati
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