Community Conversation: Making Greenwich A Community for All Ages

On Wednesday, March 13, the Greenwich Commission on Aging will host an update conversation on the Town-wide survey results for Greenwich residents 45+. The event will be at the Bruce Museum beginning at 6:30 in the Lecture Gallery.

By the year 2020, 19.5% of residents in Greenwich will be 65+.

This will exponentially impact healthcare, retirement, finances, housing, leisure and the need for services to help older adults age in place. This transition is certain to have a profound effect on our community.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) an “Age Friendly Community” is defined as “a community that encourages active aging by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.”  Both the WHO and the AARP have developed a framework for assessing and adapting communities that apply for the unique distinction of “Age Friendly” status.

The Town of Greenwich is the first community in Connecticut to apply for this designation.

Additionally, the Commission on Aging is simultaneously applying for the designation as a Dementia Friendly Community.

In partnership with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, we now have the results of a community survey from residents 45+.  Response to the community survey was robust. Additionally, five Listening Sessions  and Walkabouts were conducted. Data collected from these sources has been reviewed, analyzed and trended.

Priority areas of focus will be identified and reviewed with the Board of Selectman of the Town of Greenwich.  In direct collaboration with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Consulting Workgroup, the Greenwich Commission on Aging is currently producing a Greenwich Age Friendly Action Plan to be filed with AARP National and the WHO.

To livestream this event go to: https://zoom.us/j/22020020000

Panelists:

Lori Contadino, MS, Director, Greenwich Commission on Aging

As Director, Lori is responsible for identifying and responding to the needs of older persons, setting priorities for new and improved services, providing assistance to older adults through advocacy and community outreach efforts as well as overseeing the management of the Greenwich Senior Center. She holds a Master of Science Degree with distinction in Gerontology (Education/Administration and Counseling) and certification in Thanatology. Lori has been employed in the field of Geriatrics for 34 years. She is co-leading the Age & Dementia Friendly Greenwich initiative and serves on various Boards and Commissions. Lori was also an adjunct faculty member of the College of New Rochelle Graduate School and is the recipient of over nineteen honors and awards in the field of Gerontology.

Bill Armbruster, Manager of AARP Network of Age Friendly States & Communities

Bill is the Town of Greenwich’s Advisor to the Age Friendly Greenwich initiative.

He manages the entire AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. He has been with AARP since 2000, joining as an Associate State Director for AARP New York. In addition to his work at AARP, Bill has much experience in corporate wellness programs, occupational rehabilitation and ergonomics, pain treatment and physical therapy.

Steven Katz, JD, MBA, LLM, MPH, CPA, CMC, CDP, FACHE, Vice-Chair, Greenwich Commission on Aging

Steve serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Commission on Aging for the Town  of Greenwich and is co-leading Greenwich’s Age Friendly and Dementia  Friendly certification initiative with the AARP and WHO.  He is also the  Ambassador of the Aging2.0 Local Greenwich Chapter and a Board Member of the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging.

Steve is the President of Sterling Care, a certified home health agency, a non medical companion and homemaker agency and a certified geriatric care management practice in Greenwich, CT and Westchester, NY.  Steve is also an adjunct professor of Health Care Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.