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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Tom Haney

  4. Aging is not about time and the body, but about relationships… and the meaning of place.

  5. Not “When is old age?”but“Where is old age?”

  6. “I’d like to manage at home as long as I can.”

  7. “Home is where, when you get there they’ve got to take you in…” Robert Frost

  8. A deep map of home

  9. Opal

  10. 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

  11. A Broader Notion of Home House or Apt. Yard Neighborhood Community

  12. The Medicalization of Old Age

  13. Milton

  14. “Health and disability refer to the balance between personal capability and environmental demand.” …or aspirations. Verbrugge & Jette, 1993

  15. “Community is the smallest unit of health.” Wendell Berry,Health is Membership InAnother Turn of the Crank

  16. Our work should help create good places to grow up and grow old…livable, lifetime communities

  17. 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

  18. What does it all mean? • New housing options, including aging in place • New mobility options • New choices in health care

  19. What will it require? • Housing • Transportation • Health Care • Education • Commerce • Faith Communities • Land Use Planning

  20. “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.

  21. Old people everywhere.Christopher Alexander

  22. Where do the children play?Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens)

  23. 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 • staffor@indiana.edu www.lifetimecommunities.org