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1 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network More seniors, living longer – part of "the new normal“ Trends from NYS (and beyond) Susan Weinrich New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.

2 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network Trends  Aging in Place describes a choice made by many older adults to remain in the communities where they have lived The advantages of this choice need to be maximized & the challenges mitigated  Community Empowerment Initiatives Livable communities Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCS)

3 ∙ A FFORDABLE H OUSING ∙ S AFE HOMES AND STREETS ∙C ONGREGATE OR H OME D ELIVERED M EALS ∙ I NFORMATION & A SSISTANCE ∙ I NVOLVEMENT IN C OMMUNITY L IFE ∙ C ONNECTIONS WITH F RIENDS, N EIGHBORS & F AMILY ∙ M EANINGFUL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ∙ S UPPORT FOR FAMILY AND OTHER INFORMAL CAREGIVERS ∙ A CCESSIBLE T RANSPORTATION ∙ T RUSTED H OME SUPPORTS ∙ P REVENTION P ROGRAMMING ∙ A CCESSIBLE M EDICAL C ARE ∙ A CTIVITIES TO MINIMIZE ISOLATION L IVABLE C OMMUNITIES A DDRESSES B ASIC N EEDS P ROMOTES S OCIAL & C IVIC E NGAGEMENT A DVANCES H EALTH & W ELLNESS F OSTERS I NDEPENDENCE

4 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network A Model of Data Presentation World Health Organization, Determinants of Active Aging

5 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network AARP Livable Communities Design for living – Help with local zoning ordinances that encourage universal design – Working on a NYS bill that would require any new road to be user friendly for all ages. – Pedestrian safety audit on web site – Partner with any group on these issues & share material

6 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network Some Examples Long Island – changed local ordinance to encourage universal design with incentives instead of punitive provisions for new construction In Westchester County & Suffolk County – any home built with tax $ must incorporate universal design Monroe County – Aging in Place – Looking at what can be done to stop the exodus from Rochester – Developed recommendations about community design, housing, regional land use and development, transportation

7 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network NORC Programs Community Engagement (educational programming, community action initiatives, and opportunities for seniors to take on new roles). Social work services (to individuals, caregivers, and groups of seniors). Health care-related services (addressing both individual health management needs and the health of a community).

8 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network A Funding Strategy Community Organizing  NYS Office for Aging piloted program and funded 15 grants for “Community Empowerment” including organizing and needs assessments and planning.  NYCON provided 5 trainings throughout the state on Community Organization and Coalition Building  Primary challenge was on expanding mindset from provider-client to seeing the entire community as stakeholders and activists.

9 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network Unlikely Partners Businesses and Employers Planning and Zoning Boards Architects and Housing Developers – Universal design Nonprofits as Volunteers Sites Parents of young children (strollers, walkers, etc.) Seniors/Boomers Youth

10 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network The Collaboration Continuum for Coalitions

11 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network Map Community Services Services Blue: Health Yellow: Faith Red: Social Green: Recreation & Education

12 Community Focus | Statewide Impact | National Network Resources Resources for Baby Boomers and other older adults to support vulnerable populations through multi- generational programming. Boomer Volunteer Engagement: Collaborate Today, Thrive Tomorrow, from VolunteerMatch, provides a step-by-step practical guide for engaging Boomers as volunteers who can help build organizational capacity. Temple University’s Center for Intergenerational Learning launched a new online course called “Capturing Experience: How People 50+ Can Help Your Organization” to help organizations learn how to make more effective use of Baby Boomers. Experience: How People 50+ Can Help Your Organization


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