50+ Action Plan To Be Presented at Aging Conference

Department of Family Services
Fairfax Area Agency on Aging

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035-1102
Contact: Grace Lynch, Communications Manager
703-324-5277, TTY 703-449-1186
News Release #06-08

March 17, 2008

Fairfax County’s 50+ Action Plan To Be Presented at
National Conference on Aging/American Society on Aging Conference

The Fairfax 50+ Action Plan will be the focus of a presentation on ‘Strategies for Creating Aging Friendly Communities’ at the National Council on Aging/American Society of Aging conference in Washington, D.C. on March 28.

Grace Starbird, director of the Department of Family Services’ Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, was invited to discuss the plan which was adopted by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in October, 2007. She will also discuss the board’s year long deliberation to better understand the impact of a growing older population as well as steps that are being taken to implement the action plan.

Ms. Starbird will speak as part of a panel of experts on aging who, together, will describe four model programs: a major national initiative to promote livable communities for older adults, a county government initiative, a grassroots organizing effort, and a community partnership with five immigrant and faith-based communities. Ms. Starbird will discuss the Fairfax 50+ Action Plan as the county government initiative.

The panelists will describe the characteristics of aging-friendly communities; identify emerging national and local initiatives for promoting aging-friendliness; provide examples of innovative partnerships; promote replication of effective techniques for engaging racially and ethnically diverse populations; and promote the involvement of older adults as community assets.

The conference is being held jointly by the two largest professional associations on aging. More than 3,500 professionals from the fields of aging, healthcare, and education along with business leaders from across the United States are expected to attend.

The conference theme is ‘Aging in America.’ It will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and Omni Shoreham Hotel from March 26-30, 2008. Ms. Starbird’s presentation is scheduled for March 28 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Johnson Room of the Marriott Hotel.

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