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Age Positive Conference
Housing workshops
Professional Networks events
Communities for All Ages events
Other KC Communities for All Ages events

Age Positive Conference —

Ideas for an Age-Friendly Future

On April 18, nearly 200 professionals and volunteers who work with older adults attended Age Positive 2017: Ideas for an Age-Friendly Future.

The conference offered innovative ideas to help enhance and develop new programs for older adults. Hosted by a partnership of regional organizations, this event was held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri.


Innovations In Aging At Home

On Dec. 7, attendees of the Innovations In Aging At Home workshop learned about services to help older adults age in place.

Most adults would prefer to age in place — that is, remain in their home as long as possible. According to a recent AARP study, 90 percent of adults over age 65 say they would prefer to stay in their current residence as they age.

Experts in the field discussed three models that provide alternatives to institutional care and support successful aging in place were discussed:

  • Village Movement — Natalie Galucia, Director, Village to Village Network
  • Help@Home — Dawn Staton, Director, Older Adult Services, Jewish Family Services
  • Congregational Care — Pam Seymour, Executive Director, Shepherd's Center Central
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Housing workshops

Design for Life: Community Policies and Planning workshop

On May 25, 2015, this workshop explored how public buildings, residential facilities and single-family homes can be designed, built and remodeled to better meet the needs of everyone at every age, life stage and ability. Anne Marie Kinerk, RA, of Anne Marie Kinerk & Associates, presented an overview of federal laws addressing physical access to public, commercial and residential facilities, and describee the differences between accessibility regulation and universal design. Colleen Starkloff, Co-Director of the Starkloff Institute in St. Louis, presented an update on the Missouri Universal Design Initiative.

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Regulations Facilitating Older Adult Housing workshop

On April 8, 2015, a Regulations Facilitating Older Adult Housing workshop was held for members of the Planning and Zoning Commission to learn how to address rapidly changing community needs and develop housing options for an aging population.
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Changing Housing Needs for Older Adults: Understanding the evolving financing trends in our region's housing

On Jan. 28, 2015, KC Communities for All Ages and the First Suburbs Coalition hosted this workshop at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center to provide  elected officials, planners, community leaders and housing stakeholders information to help them meet challenges and opportunities related to housing. 

View workshop video

A panel presentation featured: 

  • Current lending environment — Leticia Matthys, community loan originator, Commerce Bank/Mortgage
    PowerPoint Presentation »
  • Reverse mortgages — Pete Mendenhall, CRMP, CAPS, North American Savings Bank (NASB) 
    PowerPoint Presentation »
  • Renovations — for resale and/or neighborhood stabilization — Michael Snodgrass, BDC — Builders Development Corporation 
    PowerPoint Presentation »
  • Challenges related to affordable housing developments — Chris Vukas, deputy director, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) 
    PowerPoint Presentation »
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Smart Design Workshop

In June 2013, a Universal Design workshop, "Smart Design Workshop, Creating Housing and Communities for All," was offered at Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center, with a panel discussion with Peter H. Jloan, Jr., Katy Dodd, Marsha Alexander, Brian McMillan and Ann B. Stern, and moderated by Dawn Taylor.

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Older Adult Housing Workshop

More than 70 people attended  "Changing Housing Needs for Older Adults" at the Kauffmann Foundation on May 20, 2014 to hear experts discuss how communities can support the evolving trends for housing stock as our region's population ages. 
Keynote speaker M. Scott Ball, senior project manager at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company discussed how consciously creating districts that accommodate residents' needs while still maintaining the character of an area, rather than building according to zoning ordinances alone, is one way to create a community that is walkable and attractive to a wide range of residents. 
Following presentations by each, three panelists, Todd Liebermann, vice-president of Brinshore Development; Chris Brewster, associate vice president of Gould Evans; and Joe Colistra from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design, joined Ball for a discussion on affordable housing, policy implications, maintenance-free housing and other solutions for the issues facing communities. 
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Professional Network Events

The Economic and Business Case for Age-Friendly Communities

On Nov. 2, KC Communities for All Ages Professional Network offered this workshop on best practices for making elected officials and the business community aware of the changing demographics in our region. 
Capturing the attention of elected officials and the business community about the value of older adults is critical to sustaining efforts to create age-friendly communities. Consider this: Age-friendly communities are “economic engines” and older adults provide the fuel. Just an intriguing notion, or fact?

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Regional Resources for Age-Friendly Community Work

On July 20, city and county officials and staff attended Regional Resources for Age-Friendly Community to discover MARC's programs and resources that can help their cities develop age-friendly policies and programs. 

MARC staff Cathy Boyer-Shesol, Marlene Nagel, Frank Lenk, Beth Dawson and Martin Rivarola gave presentation on the programs including:

Age-Inspired Thinking: Planning for All Ages

On March 9, Alissa Turtletaub, a senior planner with Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Kent Sovern, state director of AARP Iowa, spoke about how Miami-Dade County and Des Moines have incorporated “all age thinking” into their planning processes at the “Age-Inspired Thinking: Planning for All Ages” workshop. In addition, Jim Holley, assistant community development director in Blue Springs, Missouri, shared how his city has included all-age thinking in their current comprehensive plan.

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Des Moines / Kent Sovern:

Miami-Dade County / Alissa Turtletaub: Blue Springs, Missouri / Jim Holley

Citizen engagement: helping cities and counties accomplish more in challenging financial times

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, 2-4 p.m.
Mid-America Regional Council Board Room, 600 Broadway,
Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri

On Nov. 17, 2015, this workshop focused on how the use of volunteers can provide opportunities for meaningful citizen engagement and offer an innovative option for cities and counties with limited resources to meet the need for or expand local community services in challenging financial times.

Presentations from the city of Shawnee, Kansas, Johnson County Park and Recreation District, Shepherd's Center and Nonprofit Connect provided practical examples and resources to initiate or enhance citizen engagement. By leveraging the knowledge, skills and abilities of citizens and including them in decision-making, cities and counties can engage them as volunteers for the benefit of their communities.

Professional Network meeting on Public Spaces/Buildings

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Phil Stafford, PhD, of Indiana University and Scott Ball, senior project manager at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Atlanta Georgia presented information addressing the physical environment and how it enables residents to engage in community life.

Professional Network meeting on Transportation and Mobility

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, this meeting featured a presentation by a TransSystems representative and a panel of local transportation experts, including Steve Klika, Johnson County, Kansas, Commissioner; Phil Hanson, Truman-Heartland Community Foundation; Carroll Ramseyer, Olathe, Kansas; and Tina Uridge, Clay County Senior Services.

Workshop PowerPoint presentation
Watch the video on YouTube »

Communities for All Ages Professional Network Briefing and Brainstorming
A workshop for elected officials and city staff

On Feb. 25, 2015, This network meeting explored the actions cities can take to enhance interactions and engagement with residents. Each topic had a "briefing," followed by brainstorming and sharing among network participants. 

The workshop explored the following topics:

Professional Network: Vibrant Communities

On Dec. 17, 2014, the Communities for All Ages Professional Network held their inaugural Meeting: Vibrant Communities: the Benefits of Becoming Age-Advantaged, featured an address by Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United, who was joined by Pam Smith, senior policy advisor, San Diego County Health and Human Services.

This forum discussed: 
  • Practical examples of intergenerational communication, programs and engagement.
  • Ways to use facilities and resources that take advantage of the strengths of all generations.
  • Strategies to change the conversation from aging as a burden to aging as a benefit for communities.
Donna Butts' PowerPoint presentation »
Pam Smith's PowerPoint presentation »
View a video of the workshop »

Communities for All Ages events

Special guests speak to KC Communities for All Ages Advisory Board

On Thursday, Jan. 28, two special guests spoke to the KCC Advisory Board.

John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, discussed lessons learned through the three-year Community AGEnda initiative funded by the Pfizer Foundation and Kansas CIty's role in advancing the age-friendly community movement.

Dr. Russell Kohl, medical director of Practice Transformation at the TMF Health Quality Institute, spoke about the changes to healthcare payment mechanisms that will occur over the next five years and how they will change health care.

Keeping Our Region Vibrant for All Ages: Lessons Learned

Tuesday, June 30, 76 people gathered at Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center to share lessons learned from working to become Communities for All Ages.

Over the past three years, KC Communities for All Ages, an initiative of the Mid-America Regional Council, participated in Community AGEnda, an age-friendly initiative to help communities become great places to grow up and grow old.

In partnership with the First Suburbs Coalition, tools, resources and a Communities for All Ages Recognition Program were developed to assist local jurisdictions to prepare for the demographic shifts in their communities.

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Checklist Culminating Workshop

Work on the checklist culminated with a workshop on June 17, 2014, when the latest version of the Checklist was revealed and discusses. The Checklist, as well as materials from the workshop can be downloaded below.


Other KC Communities for All Ages events

Mixing It Up workshop

On Dec. 17, 2014, KC Communities for All Ages offered a forum with for community-based organizations entitled Mixing It Up: Cultivating Multi-Generational Participation, featuring Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United. The forum covered:
  • Practical examples of intergenerational communication, programs and engagement.
  • Strategies to change the conversation from aging as a burden to aging as a benefit for communities.
  • Engaging human assets to help organizations and communities take advantage of the strengths of all generations and create vibrant communities.
Donna Butts' PowerPoint presentation »

A New Culture in Aging: Improving How We Live and Age in Greater Kansas City

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Kansas City has positioned itself as proactive community on aging issues. Hear from experts in the field and local leaders to learn what has been done, what we need to do next and why it matters to you. Featuring Philip Stafford, Ph.D., Director, Center on Aging and Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Videos from the forum: