The public is invited to attend a panel discussion on Strategies for Aging in Place: Universal Design and the Village Model. The talk is presented by AAUW Petaluma Branch.
Presentations and discussion by local experts Andrée Langlois, Ann Fox, and Anne Greenblatt will provide insights into two key strategies currently at the forefront for aging in place. As the population ages in America, and Baby Boomers face their new status as elders, innovative means are being explored to help people remain in their homes comfortably and safely as they age. Visit www.aauwpetaluma.org for more information.
Universal Design -- Andree Langlois
Universal design considers the needs of a broad range people. It looks at people who are all ages and sizes, healthy and fully functioning or with physical limitations. It takes changing circumstances and needs into account. A home with Universal Design makes it easier for residents to live in, and for guests to visit now and in the future, even as everybody's needs and abilities change. Andrée, an expert in this field, will talk about this issue.
Village Model - Anne Fox and Ann Greenblatt
With the "Silver Tsunami" of the aging of our population starting to hit Petaluma, many of us are facing a double whammy of questions: 1) How can we help our aging parents to make the best of their retirement years? and 2)! What plans should we be making for ourselves and our community?
The Petaluma Village Exploration Project is a group of Community members exploring the need and ideas for a Petaluma Village, a community-based membership organization to support older adults to live active, vibrant, and connected lives in their own homes as they age. The concept is based on the Village model pioneered in Beacon Hill, Boston, and now existing in 90 cities nationwide.