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October 2, 2013

In This Week's Issue

  • DC Mayor Vincent Gray to Address National Policy Summit
  • Charleston Chapter Holds All Star Roundtable
  • Chapter Updates
  • Dire Need for Caregivers Confirmed by Recent AARP Report
  • Upcoming Events

DC Mayor Vincent Gray to Address National Policy Summit

DC Mayor Vincent Gray will address the National Aging in Place Policy Summit taking place October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. Mayor Gray will brief attendees on DC's participation in the Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. The project was established by the World Health Organization (WHO), and presently 33 cities in over 22 countries  participate in the project. Participating cities follow a template "age-friendly" checklist provided by WHO on topics including outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services.

To read more about the Global Age-Friendly Cities Project,
click here.

Charleston Chapter Holds All Star Roundtable

The NAIPC® Greater Charleston Chapter held a Community Roundtable today, October 2, 2013. The goal of the Community Roundtable was to form a local policy agenda to promote aging in place in the Greater Charleston community. The Community Roundtable had 52 participants, and attendees included Don Bagwell of Trident Area Agency on Aging; Cynthia Brown of South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Judge Irvin Condon of Charleston County Probate Court; Janet Schumacher of City of Charleston, Mayor’s Office on Aging; Kim Ford of City of North Charleston, Office on Aging; Robert Mitchell, City of Charleston City Councilman; Sandra Clair of Charleston Area Senior Center; Dr. Myer of Veterans Administration, Ralph H. Johnson Medical Center; Robert Smith of Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina; Mark Lee of Franke at Seaside; Iris Albright of Family Services; Brenda Sanders of College of Charleston, Department of Geriatrics; and Dr. Lotta Granholm of Director Center on Aging, Medical University Of South Carolina.

® applauds the Greater Charleston Chapter for their efforts in planning this Roundtable. A full report on the Roundtable will be distributed to members at a later date.

Chapter Updates

NAIPC® is proud to announce the formation of our newest chapter, the Central Coast of California Chapter. The Chapter held their first meeting on September 26, 2013. Chapter leaders Galen Call and Teresa Sullivan began forming their Chapter after attending the First Annual NAIPC® Meeting in June and worked diligently throughout the summer to recruit their charter members. Congratulations and welcome to all of the Central Coast of California members!

The Sacramento Chapter recently participated in the Assistive Technology Expo, and they will participate in the upcoming Auburn Senior Health Fair October 9, 2013. Chapter Chair Steven Weaver was asked to speak at the Auburn Home Show, and Sacramento Chapter members will attend this event to support their Chair and promote NAIPC.

Dire Need for Caregivers Confirmed by Recent AARP Report

In August, AARP Public Policy Institute released a report that further confirms the growing need for caregivers. The report predicts that by 2030, when the baby boomer generation moves into late old age, the ratio of available caregivers to seniors aged 80+ will be reduced by nearly half and will continue to decrease through 2050. The report confirms what many of us already know: we need a plan. We need a way forward to ensure that the needs of the growing aging population are met.
Health and caregiving will be one of the main topics discussed at the National Aging in Place Policy Summit taking place October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Summit will be just the beginning of this imperative discussion, the start of an effort to solve the challenging problems facing aging Americans.
To read more about the AARP report, click here.

Upcoming Events

  • October 2, 2013: Greater Charleston Chapter Community Roundtable Conference
  • October 7, 2013: Baltimore Chapter NAIPC Monthly Meeting
  • October 9, 2013: Baltimore Chapter Baby Boomer/Senior Expo Professional Breakfast
  • October 9, 2013: Sacramento Chapter Auburn Senior Health Fair
  • October 10, 2013: Long Island Chapter National Aging in Place Symposium
  • October 15-21, 2013: National Aging in Place Week
  • October 16, 2013: Aging in Place Summit (Washington, DC)
  • October 26, 2013: Orange County Chapter Alzheimer's Walk

To view all upcoming events, click here.