Age Friendly Communities as Platforms for Equity, Health & Wellness

September 22-23, 2022


The Age-Friendly Communities Symposium brings together individuals from the Intermountain West to identify innovations and opportunities that will transform how neighborhoods, campuses, and health environments foster the independence, productivity, and wellbeing of older adults.


Symposium Highlights
The virtual symposium is designed to convene national and regional experts and key community stakeholders to envision age-friendly futures through knowledge exchange, generating ideas and expanding networks.


  • Keynote address – The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Terry Fulmer, a nationally and international recognized leading expert in the field of aging. Dr. Fulmer is President of The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City, a national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults.
Creating an Age-Friendly Environment

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is President of The John A. Hartf
Terry Fulmer ord Foundation in New York City, a national philanthr opy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. S h e serves as the chief strategist for the Foundati on and her vision for better care of older adults is cat alyzing the Age-Friendly Health Systems social movement. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and recently served on the independent Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. She previously served as Dean of Health Sciences at Northeastern University and Founding Dean of the New York University College of Nursing. Dr. Fulmer is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics and is also known for conceptualization and development of the national NICHE program and research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect. She is the first nurse to have served on the board of the American Geriatrics Society. She is also the first nurse to have served as President of the Gerontological Society of America, which awarded her the 2019 Donald P. Kent Award for exemplifying the highest standards for professional leadership in the field of aging.  
  • Panel discussions – National renown experts will define core issues and opportunities facing age-friendly neighborhoods, campuses, and health environments with an emphasis on factors that are unique to promoting age inclusivity in the Intermountain West. Panel discussions will emphasize how concepts and initiatives have been applied in communities, and lessons learned from these experiences.

  • headshot dantonio Patricia M. D’Antonio
    BSPharm, MS, MBA, BCGP

    Gerontological Society of America

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    Mike Watson
    MPP, Director

    Livable Communities, AARP

    Joann M. Montepare Joann M. Montepare

    RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies at Lasell University

  • World café – Participants will engage in interactive, small group discussions that are guided to share visions and identify resources that will catalyze ways that age-friendly campuses, neighborhoods and health environments have a transformative role to promoting independence, productivity and wellbeing among older adults in the Intermountain West.
  • Student ideas competition – Undergraduate and graduate students from participating universities are invited to contribute to an “ideas” competition focused on envisioning initiatives that improve age inclusivity and intergenerational connections. Students will have 24 hours to work in interdisciplinary teams, and presentations will be made virtually. Winners will be announced, and cash prizes will be awarded at the symposium on Friday, September 23.
  • In-Person Networking reception – Following the keynote address will be an in-person reception at the University of Utah where aging service providers, community stakeholders, academic researchers, policy makers and advocates are welcome to gather over light refreshments for conversation and inter-professional networking.
  • Community Walk – Please join the University of Utah’s Age Friendly Gerontology Program Team, or consider participating in a Walk to End Alzheimer’s in your community. Register to join symposium organizers and the University of Utah’s Gerontology Program team in Salt Lake City here .
    • Saturday, September 24 th , at Rio Tinto Stadium - Sandy, Utah
        • 10:00 am Festivities Area opens
        • 11:00 am Ceremony begins
        • 11:30 am Walk begins


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The symposium will produce new knowledge to understanding how age friendly neighborhoods, campuses and health environments serve as critical platforms for equity, health and wellness—particularly in response to the complex set of challenges facing the Intermountain West.  A primary goal is to translate interdisciplinary research and knowledge into actionable, accessible resources for academic researchers, aging and health providers, community planners, policy makers, educators, and students. The symposium will produce the following resources:

  • Chapter book – A collection of thought leadership and new insights into age friendly communities will be organized around themes of neighborhoods, campuses and health environments in a publication that serves as a resource for education, policy making, and social impact. Chapters written by speakers and panelists of the symposium focus on initiatives and research at a national and regional level that contribute significantly to transforming the design, impact, and reach of age friendly environments.
  • Collaboration spark book – Interdisciplinary dialogue facilitated in the World Café provides a forum for participants to engage in conversations with content experts and learn from each other. The purpose of sharing ideas and reflections is to deepen an understanding of issues related to age friendly communities, to connect people, and to open up new avenues for collaborative engagement. Visual notes from the World Cafes will be compiled with a directory of participants, and serve as a resource for expanding awareness and action that translates between education, policy, planning, research, and social impact in the Intermountain West.
  • Video gallery – A virtual gallery that features concepts generated by interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students in the ideas competition will serve as an open source asset for community service providers, planners, advocates, educators, and stakeholders. Video presentations and graphics created by students will be organized around the themes of neighborhoods, campuses and health environments. This builds visibility for emerging voices and a platform that furthers interdisciplinary exchange of ideas in the field of aging.

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For more information, please contact the symposium chairs Linda Edelman ( ) or Valerie Greer ( ).

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