Public Invited to "Building an Aging Friendly Community" Program on October 12 at Illinois Central College
Posted: July 26, 2012
EAST PEORIA -- What changes are important to help central Illinois be aging friendly? That’s the big question to be addressed at a one-day program called “Building an Aging Friendly Community” that is sponsored by Illinois Central College Prime Plus and Methodist Encore to be held on Friday, October 12, at the Performing Arts Center at the ICC East Peoria Campus.
The fastest growing population segment in central Illinois is age 60-plus, and this reflects national and international trends. “Building an Aging Friendly Community” will feature David Baxter, senior vice president of Age Wave, an industry leader on population aging and its business, social, healthcare, financial, workforce and cultural implications. Baxter will lead off the day and describe how rising longevity is changing the way people plan for a retirement that could extend for 30 years. According to Baxter, with the changes in life expectancy and the economy, communities, companies and individuals must work together to make retirement a time of continuing productivity and contribution.
Following the speech, participants will break into groups to discuss goals and strategies on the following topics:
- Health and community-based services
- Affordable, appropriate and accessible housing
- Affordable, reliable and safe transportation
- Opportunities for meaningful employment, volunteer service and life-long learning
- Adapting the physical environment for inclusiveness and accessibility
- Promoting participation in civic, cultural, social and recreational activities
Conversations will continue over lunch, with scribes capturing the main points of the conversations. At the end of the facilitated discussions, everyone will reassemble so that Baxter can bring forth the ideas that were identified. Participants in the full program will receive printed minutes of the day.
This program is designed for people of retirement age who want to stay in this area, organizations that serve the retired population, businesses whose market is 50-plus and city and county officials who serve this constituency.
Cost is $15. Register by calling ICC at 690-6900 or visit the website at www.icc.edu/acp.