Creating Age-Friendly Communities

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Part of the Family Caregiver Support Series, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care

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Includes Complimentary CEUs.

This web seminar presents the latest thinking about the conceptualization and creation of age-friendly communities, and defines what they are, whom they are for, and how they can be created. Also included is a discussion about whether or not age-friendly communities are even desirable or possible. After examining the underlying conceptualizations of age-friendly communities, this web seminar explores the characteristics of “age-friendliness,” follows with a critical examination of approaches that help communities become more age-friendly, and closes by addressing the complexities and controversies involved in creating livable communities for people of all ages.

 Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Identify the goals of age-friendly communities;
  • List the characteristics of an age-friendly community;
  • Describe strategies for enhancing a community’s “age-friendliness”; and
  • Identify the challenges, complexities, and controversies involved in creating age-friendly communities.


Andrew E. Scharlach is a professor of social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Eugene and Rose Kleiner Chair in Aging and directs the gerontology specialization in the School of Social Welfare. He also serves as director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services, where he conducts research designed to inform development of innovative and cost-effective services for older adults.