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The Culture of AgingPhilip B. Stafford, Ph.D.Indiana University Improving How We Live and Age A Status Report on Aging in Greater Kansas City May 15, 2012
The New Culture of AgingPhilip B. Stafford, Ph.D.Indiana University Improving How We Live and Age A Status Report on Aging in Greater Kansas City May 15, 2012
Aging is not about time and the body, but about relationships… and the meaning of place.
“Home is where, when you get there they’ve got to take you in…” Robert Frost
A deep map of home
Home as a repository of meaning • Home as a financial cushion • Home as a power base • Home as an aesthetic, reflection of self • Home as a practical support • Home as a node in a social network • Home as a verb, not a noun
A Broader Notion of Home House or Apt. Yard Neighborhood Community
“Health and disability refer to the balance between personal capability and environmental demand.” …or aspirations. Verbrugge & Jette, 1993
“Community is the smallest unit of health.” Wendell Berry,Health is Membership InAnother Turn of the Crank
Our work should help create good places to grow up and grow old…livable, lifetime communities
Livable Communities AIA “Principles for Livable Communities” AARP “Livable Communities” Accessible bldg. design Shopping w/in close proximity Drugstores, grocery,& hospitals w/in close proximity Recreation opportunities Safe, well-designed sidewalks Complete Streets Design on a human scale Provide choices Mixed-use development Preserve urban centers Vibrant public spaces Protect environmental resources Conserve landscapes Design matters
What does it all mean? • New housing options, including aging in place • New mobility options • New choices in health care
What will it require? • Housing • Transportation • Health Care • Education • Commerce • Faith Communities • Land Use Planning
“Participation… provides a collaborative process by which community inhabitants reach common goals, engage in collective decisions, and create places, and these places, in turn, serve as material expressions of their collective efforts.” Feldman, Roberta M. & Westphal, Lynne M. 2000. Sustaining human settlement: A challenge for the new millennium. Great Britain: Urban International Press.
Contact information • Philip B. Stafford, Ph.D. • Director, Center on Aging & Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community Indiana University • 2853 East Tenth St., Bloomington, IN 47408 • 812-855-2163 • email@example.com www.lifetimecommunities.org