FIFTH ANNUAL AGING IN PLACE WEEK ANNOUNCED
Aging in Place Week Events are scheduled to take place throughout the country October 13- October 19, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2008) — The National Aging Aging in Place Council announced the Fifth Annual Aging in Place Week, from October 13 to October 19, 2008. Building on the success of last year, where over 100 educational activities were organized throughout the country, this year is expected to garner even greater local support and attention.
Peter Bell, NAIPC Executive Director, stated “By 2015 the U.S. will have more than 45 million households with people from 51 to 70 years old compared with 25 million for the previous generation. The demand for creative and high quality services is clear. Our goal is to bring families together during National Aging in Place Week to discuss livability issues with parents and older relatives and provide them with the resources they need to make informed decisions that will enable them to age in place..”
The National Aging In Place week highlights innovative solutions and progressive alternatives to meet the needs of this increasingly important social issue. To help older adults prepare for their later years, leaders from the aging in place field””home modification experts, geriatric care managers, financial planners, home care workers, to name a few””have banded together to host educational events in communities around the nation. Their goal is to help make aging in place a safe and comfortable experience for older Americans. The culmination of their efforts is National Aging in Place Week hosted on October 13-19. Events hosted during this week, in communities around the nation, will give residents the information they need to find products and services they might need to continue to live in the home of their choice throughout retirement.
NAIPC is a national forum for skilled persons from a wide variety of fields, including remodeling, architecture, interior design, financing, product design and manufacturing, urban planning, social services, and healthcare to work together to help meet the needs of our growing aging population. Building on the widespread interest, NAIPC recently held a regional conference on February 5, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The conference brought together an assortment of experts to promote ideas and proactive actions that can be taken to allow seniors to maintain independence and remain in their homes. Most notable, was the event’s keynote speaker, founder of the Beacon Hill Village concept, Susan McWhinney-Morse. During her animated speech, Ms. McWhinney-Morse discussed her pioneering program and the growth of aging in place concepts throughout the country.
“The breadth of knowledge and open dialogue between professionals at these events contributes to the growing attention to the aging-in-place field as a whole,” Peter Bell said. “Attendees share important concepts with one another and apply their learning when they go home. The objective is to educate individuals and in particular, seniors, to take a more proactive approach so they can age in place.”
NAIPC will build on the momentum raised in Denver by hosting an Eastern Regional luncheon and conference on April 8 in Philadelphia, PA. NAIPC will continue to foster dialogue and explore innovative options for promoting aging in place.
The conference efforts focus on building relationship and referral networks so that professionals from various disciplines become acquainted with one another. “The professional efforts offered at the conference complement the consumer focused efforts of National Aging In Place Week,” stated Bell. “The professional relationships forged at the conference translate to better coordinated action and development of senior educational programming. Professionals gain greater insight into the various technologies and services available, and in turn, develop more comprehensive Aging In Place Week activities that truly focus on getting seniors to be proactive in thinking about their future long-term care needs.”
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet and network with some of the nation’s leading authorities on aging trends in America at the NAIPC Eastern Regional Conference in Pennsylvania. For information and conference registration, please visit www.naipc.org. To learn more about Aging in Place Week information, please visit www.naipc.org.