Community development in the Kansas City region

 

Innovations In Aging at Home Workshop

Monday, December 7, 2015, 8:30 a.m. - noon 

http://www.marc2.org/htmlemail/aging/innovation-in-aging-at-home-workshop-12-7-15.htm

Most adults would prefer to age in place — that is, remain in their home as long as possible. According to a recent AARP study, 90 percent of adults over age 65 say they would prefer to stay in their current residence as they age.

The Kansas City region’s older adult population is expected to increase by more than 90 percent over the next two decades. It’s critical for our region to develop services that support an individual’s ability to remain safely in his or her home — and community — as long as possible.

The Innovations In Aging At Home workshop will present information on three models that provide alternatives to institutional care and support successful aging in place:

  • Village Movement
    Natalie Galucia, Director, Village to Village Network
    Since the establishment of the Village Movement with Beacon Hill Village in Boston in 2001, there has been a growing interest across the country in developing villages. Villages are typically groups of community members, age 50 and older, that form a nonprofit membership organization to provide access to services, socialization opportunities and recreation events that support the goal of remaining at home as long as possible.
  • Help@Home
    Dawn Staton, Director,  Older Adult Services, Jewish Family Services
    Help@Home supports the healthy aging of older adults in their own homes by providing high quality, dependable home repair services, and greater access to a variety of other services that help maintain independence and provide for peace of mind.
  • Congregational Care
    Darla Heath, Care Connection and Meals on Wheels Program Director, Shepherd's Center Central
    Congregational Care works with local congregations to design a program that offers family caregivers much needed respite. Congregation volunteers are trained to provide presence and practical assistance for chronically ill or older adults, allowing the family caregiver a short break to rest, run errands or spend time with friends.

 

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