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Reshaping Later Life
For a society that has long ago projected an ageing population, little has changed in the way we plan and build for life’s later years. The culture of secluding older adults in specific points in the city has created an environment that excludes a sector of society most in need of support and integration. Our mature population is underrepresented in urban planning, exacerbating the social isolation that contributes to higher mortality rates.
Day 3 of the festival will deal with how we can change our approach to planning for the older adults, towards better physical and mental health and access to participating and benefitting fully from city life.
Designers, community planners and organizers, advocates and activists, decision- and policy-makers, and behavioral scientists will present forward-thinking approaches to share knowledge and problem-solve in this festival workshop.
- Create a dialogue between researchers, practitioners, community planners and decision-makers reaching practical applications for impact-driven design.
- Establish a Community of Practice focused on each festival thematic which activates and sets up engagement into the future.
- Create outputs from each session that can act as both a resource and a catalyst for action within city agencies.
We will be joined by representatives of New York’s City Hall and other city agencies interested in the latest innovation in planning and engagement with local communities.
Questions & Answers
Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, Hunter College, the City University of New York
Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College, the City University of New York. Dr. Brennan-Ing’s research focuses on psychosocial issues affecting persons living with HIV and older sexual minority and gender diverse adults. They are Past-President of the State Society on Aging of New York (SSANY), a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), a Fellow of Division 44 (Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity) of the American Psychological Association, and past Board Member of the New York Association on HIV over Fifty (NYAHOF).
Dr. Brennan-Ing has been recognized for their work by the Hunter-Brookdale Center on Aging, Pride Senior Network, and the New York State Office for the Aging. In 2017 they received the Walter M. Beattie Award from SSANY. Dr. Brennan-Ing was the lead editor of Older Adults with HIV: An In-depth Examination of an Emerging Population (2009), and the 2016 volume, HIV and Aging: Interdisciplinary Topics in Gerontology and Geriatrics (vol. 42), which received a “High Commendation” from the British Medical Association.
Noelle Marcus is the Co-founder and CEO of Nesterly, an award-winning platform for intergenerational homesharing. Her career has focused on building equitable cities through civic technology, entrepreneurship, public policy, and economic development. Over the past decade she has worked within and for cities around the world including Athens, Bogota, Boston, Detroit, Kampala, Kansas City, Oakland, Mexico City and New York. She is graduate of MIT’s Masters in Urban Planning program and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Barnard College.
National Council on Aging
Vivian Nava-Schellinger, a proud Tejana, born and raised along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, attended and graduated from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) all her life. Nava-Schellinger has utilized her legal training to efficiently and successfully merge business strategy, development, organizational management, and health policy to ensure that all communities have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare, economic security, and daily lives.
Before her tenure at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), Nava-Schellinger worked in partnership and fund development within the non-profit sector for an organization aimed at reaching the hard-to-reach and connecting them to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. At NCOA, she leads the organization’s ecosystem of national and community partnerships, external engagement of NCOA’s policy priorities with partners, and programming focused on vulnerable populations of older adults with equity as a baseline principle for restoring greater health and economic security for all.
Meredith Oppenheim Consulting
Meredith Oppenheim is a senior housing thought leader with national and international expertise encompassing all property types and spanning the full lifecycle of a deal from pre-development to disposition. Oppenheim serves as an advisor to technology companies, residential developers, investment firms, and government entities.
During her nearly 20 years in the senior housing industry, Oppenheim worked for leading owners and operators such as Sunrise Senior Living and Marriott. At Ventas, one of the largest healthcare REITs, she managed the Northeast operating portfolio of over 50 Atria Senior Living and Sunrise Senior Living communities, consistently exceeding budgeted expectations. In 2009, she was appointed to Mayor Bloomberg’s Age-Friendly NYC Commission and served a 5-year term as a board member of the not-for-profit arm of the NYC Department for the Aging.
As State Director, Beth Finkel leads the day-to-day operations of AARP New York, the most visible and successful organization in the state advocating for the 50-plus population. During her tenure, AARP’s powerful lobbying efforts on behalf of its 2.5 million New York members have led to historic reforms including passage of the Secure Choice Savings Program, CARE Act, and Paid Family Leave. A native New Yorker, Beth holds a Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University in Community Organizing and a Bachelor of Science from American University in Business Administration. She and her husband live in Manhattan.
A Principal at Perkins Eastman who specializes in the design of senior living environments, Richard has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of institutional building types, including courthouses, hospitals, laboratory buildings, and multi-family housing.
Richard is the current Co-chair of the NYAIA Design for Aging Committee, a member of the National AIA Design for Aging Advisory Group, and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and previously he served as the Chairman for National Association of Home Builders Best of Senior Housing Awards for 2005-2006. His work has frequently appeared Healthcare Review, and his portfolio has been recognized by numerous awards including the NAHB Best of Senior Housing Platinum Award, Tamarisk Assisted Living, and a 2004 AIA Senior Housing award.
Center for Home Care Policy & Research of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)
Mia Oberlink is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Home Care Policy & Research (CHCPR) of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY). She manages the AdvantAge Initiative, a project that has collaborated with over 60 communities nationwide to measure their aging-friendliness and develop strategies to help older residents age in place. She was the director of the technical assistance office for the U.S. Administration on Community Living program, Community Innovations for Aging in Place (CIAIP). Before joining CHCPR, Ms. Oberlink spent 13 years at the Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and at the International Longevity Center, where she was Director of Communications.