Neighborhood and Built Environment

204 - Neighborhood and Built Environment: Designing Age-Friendly Communities

Tuesday, July 17
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Regency Ballroom-Lower Level

Lindsay Goldman, LMSW-IMAGE: NYC An Open-Source Interactive Map of Aging
jon sanford, M.Arch-Universal Design for Sustainable Communities
Li-Hui Yu, PhD-The relationships between age-friendly environments and health-related quality of life in Taiwan

This presentation will provide a demonstration of IMAGE: NYC’s current content and capabilities, give an overview of the rapid growth of the aging population in Asia's quality of life (QoL),report on an interdisciplinary workshop and subsequent design studio to develop universal design solutions that would meet seniors’ identified needs for social/activity spaces at the market, interventions in order to improve healthly aging, and delve into the Department of Transportation's overview of transportation modes, how we work to implement mode choices in design and consideration of every user, and the resources and initiatives available to rural, metropolitan, and state transportation agencies to assist in their planning. Studies have reported that quality of life is significantly associated with living environments, such as physical and social environments. However, past studies usually focused on general population; little research has looked into the effect of environments and QoL for older adults. This panel will explore ecological data, programs, and case studies that are working to maximize the social, physical, and economic participation of older people to improve health and wellbeing and strengthen communities. Speakers will discuss everything from barriers to access and inclusion to the range of solutions developed by the interdisciplinary teams.

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Lindsay Goldman, LMSW

Director, Healthy Aging
The New York Academy of Medicine

Lindsay Goldman directs the New York Academy of Medicine’s work in healthy aging. She has 15 years of experience in program development and administration, aging services, philanthropy, and social policy. Lindsay oversees Age-friendly NYC, the Academy’s partnership with the City Council and the Office of the Mayor to improve all aspects of city life for older people. She is the lead author of the Academy’s report, "Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life," and the chapter, “Age-friendly New York City: A Case Study,” in the recently published book, Age-friendly Cities and Communities in International Comparison. Prior to her time at the Academy, Lindsay worked at UJA-Federation of New York where she was responsible for strategic planning and allocations to support older adults in New York and Israel. Lindsay also served as the director of the Health Enhancement Partnership at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and received a Best Practice Award for her work from the National Council on Aging in 2008. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MSW from NYU.


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jon A. sanford, M.Arch

Georgia Tech

Jon Sanford, M. Arch, is the Director of the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access and a Professor of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech. Mr. Sanford is one of the few architecturally-trained researchers engaged in research on the impact of the environment on age-related function and decline. He is internationally-recognized for his expertise in universal design for aging in place and is the PI for the Rehabiliation Engineering Research Center on Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability, a 5-year grant from the DHHS Administration for Community Living. He has over 300 presentations and publications and is the author of the text: Design for the Ages: Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy.


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Li-Hui Yu, PhD

Deputy Director General
Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare

Dr. Li-Hui Yu earned bachelor and master degrees in nursing from the Kaohsiung Medical School in Taiwan and the University of Southern California respectively. Also, she earned the doctor degree in Health Promotion and Health Education from the National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan. She has over thirty-four years of experience in patient care, administration, education, and public health. She has a comprehensive expertise from primary prevention to tertiary prevention, as well as professional work experience at medical facilities, health sectors in both local and central government. Now she is the Deputy Director-General of Health Promotion Administration and supervises the Surveillance and Research Division. She also serves as principle investigator on the subcontract with the Health Promotion Administration.


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Dalton Paxman, PhD, MA, FCPP

Regional Health Administrator
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, (OASH), Region 03

Dalton Paxman, PhD, since November 2000, has served as the Regional Health Administrator for the mid-Atlantic region, where he oversees public health initiatives for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Among the prevention priorities his office is leading include: Childhood Obesity; Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (Tobacco Prevention and Cessation); Million Hearts Initiative (Cardiovascular Disease); and health disparities in seasonal flu vaccination rates. Recent initiatives in his office include public health approaches to addressing substance abuse and misuse and an Appalachian Health Initiative, which focuses on reducing health disparities in the Appalachian region by developing healthy communities. He also administers regional public health programs in Minority Health, Population Affairs, Women’s Health, and the HIV/AIDS Regional Resource Network.


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Jill Stark, MSPPM, MISM

Planning Liaison

Jill Stark has 15 years of experience as a Transportation Planner with the Federal Highway Administration. At the Office of Planning in Headquarters, she provides technical assistance and guidance to 9 States throughout the Country. Ms. Stark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Kansas. She holds Master’s degrees in both Public Policy and Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. She also holds a Master’s Certificate from the Natural Resources Leadership Institute at North Carolina University.


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204 - Neighborhood and Built Environment: Designing Age-Friendly Communities


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