This event gave GenPhilly and the age-friendly effort excellent exposure to audiences that would otherwise never have thought about growing old in the city.

Junto coordinator Geoff DiMassi said afterwards that this was one of the best discussions he’s hosted so far, and even mentioned how impressed he was with GenPhilly’s professionalism!

Over 45 people attended the event in a space with a maximum capacity of about 50 – roughly half of the attendees were affiliated with the aging network, while the other half had backgrounds in urban planning, architecture and design.  This mixed audience was exactly what we were hoping to accomplish since the theme of the event was creating an age-friendly environment.

Kate Clark chaired and moderated the panel which included Allen Glicksman from Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Christine Knapp from Next Great City, and Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability for the City.

There was an active and lively discussion about the city, aging in place, and related issues – folks were very positive and very sympathetic about helping out neighbors who are elders.

Other topics:

  • Urban Gardens / Farms and Senior centers
  • The GreenWorks new effort to create an Intergenerational Environmental Corps
  • Vacant land and developing age-friendly housing
  • Doing a “story slam” on seniors and sustainability (could be a possible upcoming GenPhilly event!)
  • The role that small businesses play in creating an age-friendly city.

Added Bonus: Color-coded demographic maps created by Lauren Ring added a visual element to Allen’s discussion- showing us where Philadelphia’s current aging population is in relation to social capital and community parks.

“We really seem to be making a difference.”
Kate Clark, GenPhilly chair

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