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Thu 10.17.2013

Age Friendly Strategies for NYC

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, ARCHTOBER 17

Where: At The Center   

As a continuation of the Design for Aging committee Booming Boroughs exploration of Aging in Place in NYC, please join us for an engaging discussion with three NYC-based experts who are helping make NYC an Age Friendly city. This presentation will bring together two different elements of Aging in Place – engaging seniors with technology and through improvements to the public space of our neighborhoods. The first two panelists creatively use technology to help senior citizens. Abby Stokes has traveled the US as the “Johnny Appleseed of Technology” teaching seniors and technophobes how to use computers and technology. David Dring leads the use of technology for the NYC-based housing and social services provider Selfhelp Community Services, an organization that serves 20,000 seniors in the metropolitan NYC area. Both Abby and David serve on the Board of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), a nonprofit that “harnesses the power of technology to change the way we age”. The Senior Planet Digital Community is a component of OATS. It is a community of older adults who are using technology to learn and live a new, engaged aging—with attitude. They recently opened the nation's first tech-themed center for older adults on West 25th Street. Our third panelist Tamecca Tillard is the Managing Director of the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant. CIBS is an association of 25 groups whose primary focus is maintaining and enhancing an equitable, healthy and sustainable community that produces economic and social betterment for the community. Tamecca will describe the seven program areas that are the focus of the organizations work, including an Aging Improvement District. CIBS is one of three NYC communities to be designated for the pilot Aging Improvement Districts launched by the NY Academy of Medicine. Tamecca will speak about the planning and implementation for the District which began with over 200 “community conversations”, led to identification of eight key programs, and the on-going implementation which is improving the livability of the BedSty neighborhood.

Abby Stokes is the author of “Is This Thing On?” A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming”. She has demystified computers for over 135,000 people, mostly seniors, in the course of the past 17 years. Abby has taught courses in basic computing at Cooper Union and New York University’s School of Lifelong Learning, as well as computer skills to private and corporate clients. She has lectured on the topic across the country. A firm believer that “if my mother can learn the computer anyone can,” Abby is confident that everyone can master the computer and navigate the Internet.

David Dring is the Executive Director of Selfhelp Innovations for the non-profit Selfhelp Community Services Inc, where he is devoted to leveraging technology to enhance the tools that staff uses to deliver care and the services that clients use to enrich the quality of their lives. In this role, he provides strategic advice on how the organization can align business requirements with innovative technologies and practices to expand service opportunities. An example is Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center, which David helped refine the business model, raise funding and upgraded the interface to enable Selfhelp to grow this program from 20 users to over 200 before the end of 2013.

Tamecca Tillard is the Managing Director of CIBS and sets the organizations vision and strategy. Prior to CIBS, Mrs. Tillard was the Founder & General Manager of Element 9, a MWBE strategy firm specializing in civic innovations. During Mrs. Tillard tenure, Element 9 was awarded the Soaring Eagle award for the Family Advocacy Program (FAP), which also led to influencing First Lady Michelle Obama’s military family initiatives. Mrs. Tillard is a resident of BedStuy and has deep civic roots throughout the community. Mrs. Tillard is a passionate education activist and lends her voice and service to TFOA Professional Prep charter school as a Trustee and is the Founder of Learning Curve, a STEAMD business incubator for teens. Mrs. Tillard also served on Community Board 3’s Economic Development committee crafting and implementing small business workshops and strengthening ties to the private and public sectors. Mrs. Tillard was a 2012 Coro Leadership New York Fellow. Mrs. Tillard holds a Bachelor in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia School Of Architecture and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Susan Wright
, AIA Leed AP, Principal IBI Group – Gruzen Samton Architects
Susan Wright is a Principal with the architectural firm of IBI Group – Gruzen Samton architects. She specializes in the management of urban projects including affordable and market rate housing, as well as facilities for seniors. She has worked in the area of affordable and senior housing for over twenty five years, committing volunteer and professional efforts to the preservation of affordable housing and the design of residential environments of all types. As Partner-in-charge for 1800+ units of affordable housing in the NYC area, she is proud to have impacted thousands of low-income residents through her efforts. She is a member of the AIA NY Chapter Design for Aging Committee and participated on Team 2 in the Booming Boroughs charette last May.

Organized by: AIANY Design for Aging Committee

Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members

Many thanks to the New York Academy of Medicine for their assistance in planning this event. NYAM directs the Age-Friendly New York City initiative, a joint effort with the Mayor’s Office and the City Council.

Lead Sponsors:

Thornburg Foundation

Ethelind Coblin Architect

Capsys Corporation

Best Friends:
AARP New York
James Hardie Building Products
SKA Marin

Hamlin Ventures LLC
Hollwich Kushner
NYS Builders Association Research & Education Foundation
OMNI Architects

A program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2013.

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