Kansas City Region Addressing the Demographic Imperative

Enjoyed traveling to Kansas City, Missouri this week to speak to the regional EngAgement Initiative, a two year project funded by Grantmakers in Aging and designed to build awareness about aging issues within the regional philanthropic community. I was joined at the gorgeous Kauffman Foundation conference center by friend and colleague Mia Oberlink of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research, VNS of New York. We provided an overview of the national AdvantAge Initiative planning model (see http://www.advantageinitiative.org, or http://www.agingindiana.org). I spoke to the importance of attention to aging as a phenomenon of place and relationships, not time and the body, suggesting this provides a transformative way of thinking about aging in community.

The folks in KC are energized. The KC4Aging in Community project is getting off the ground as an impressive, comprehensive regional planning initiative. I had the opportunity to learn about their Senior Mobility Framework, which is an inspired approach to the long term, massive need to re-engineer transportation (mobility) options for the growing older population.

I attaching my slides from the morning presentation with funders and an afternoon workshop with providers organized by John Carney of the Center for Practical Bioethics.

(http://www.practicalbioethics.org/). A podcast interview from the conference is planned for the Center website.
Many thanks to Kathy Boyer-Shesol and friends for the warm mid-western hospitality, even though I didn’t get any barbeque. Next time!

Here are the links to the presentations:

AM Presentation

PM Presentation