Building Age-Friendly Communities: The Summit

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation, in partnership with The Boston Foundation, hosted a conversation on building Age-friendly Communities on March 18, 2015 at The Westin Waltham.

Age-friendly communities are essential for a thriving society. As the number of older people increases, communities require new thinking, new strategies and new resources for supporting the wellbeing for people across all ages Nearly 400 thought leaders from across the region attended the Summit to discuss how using the World Health Organization's standards for age-friendly cities can make a difference to community health, housing, transportation and the sundry needs facing people today. We also heard from respondents and attendees regarding their use of data and resources, and how they are mobilizing partner coalitions to transform communities and become age-friendly. 

Attendees at the Summit were the first to hear from the University of Massachusetts Boston's Gerontology Institute about updates to the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Report, a resource for cities and towns across the state to better understand their communities and the older adults who live there.

Thank you to our moderator, Ina Jaffe, National Correspondent on Aging, National Public Radio, and to all of our speakers:

  • Elizabeth Dugan, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Rebekah Gewirtz, M.P.A., Massachusetts Public Health Association
  • Charlotte Golar Richie, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • David Green, M.D., Emerson Hospital
  • Reverend Keith L. Magee, Th.D., FRSA, Boston University
  • Kyle Peterson, M.P.A., M.B.A., FSG
  • Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur, AARP
  • Terrie Fox Wetle, M.S., Ph.D., Brown University

To learn more, watch our Highlights Video below or view a collection of social media posts, photos, videos, and press coverage from around the web, via Storify.

video provides highlights from Building Age-Friendly Communities: The Summit

Building Age-Friendly Communities: Summit Highlights

Building Age-Friendly Communities: The Summit, held March 18, 2015, brought together nearly 400 thought leaders to discuss what it will take for our communities to become age-friendly and how to mobilize partner coalitions in this work. The Summit was held in partnership with The Boston Foundation. (2:56)