JCHS Symposium: “AGING + PLACE: Designing Housing and Communities for an Aging Population”

With the wave of baby boomers reaching retirement age, America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth. Ensuring that older adults have the housing they need to enjoy high-quality, independent, and financially secure lives has thus taken on new urgency – for individuals and their families, for communities, and for the nation as a whole. And the US is not alone: older populations are rapidly expanding around the world. Innovative housing designs and age-friendly public infrastructure are increasingly needed to support those aging in their communities.
In conjunction with the release of our new report, Housing America’s Older Adults, join us as we host a half-day event to discuss opportunities in architecture, planning, and policy to enhance older adults’ well-being through affordable, accessible, well-connected housing, as well as through models of long-term care that support aging in place.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Sandra Albright, Former Undersecretary of Elder Affairs for Massachusetts
  • Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts
  • Ruth Finkelstein, Advisory Committee, World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities and Communities; Associate Director, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center
  • Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, Institute for Human Centered Design
  • Ann Forsyth, Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Christopher Herbert, Acting Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
  • J. David Hoglund, Principal & Executive Director, Perkins Eastman
  • Amy Schectman, President & CEO, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly


For accessibility accommodations please contact the events office two weeks in advance at (617)-496-2414 or [email protected] 

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].