Forum at USFSM to Address Housing Needs of the Elderly in Florida

USFSM Selby Auditorium

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs says that Florida ranks first in the nation in the percentage of elderly citizens. About 4.7 million residents are age 60 and older, which equals about one-quarter of the state’s population. With life expectancy expected to rise to 90 by 2030, the number of people age 65 and older will double in the next 30 years on a national level. How can communities make it possible for elders to safely and independently live in their own homes as they age and have access the services, programs and support they need?

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On Tuesday, March 11 in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and experts from homebuilding, home health care, architects, designers, state and local governmental agencies, faith-based and civic organizations and care providers from across Florida’s aging network will convene for “Preparing Environments that Meet the Needs of Elders”.  Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the day’s presentations and panel discussion will end at 3:15 p.m. Attendance and parking are complimentary. Registration and lunch purchase may be made online at:

USFSM professor Kathy Black will address “What Do We Know about Aging in Place in Our Community?” Other key discussions and work groups will revolve around issues such as “universal design”, or building and retrofitting homes in ways that are suitable, affordable and effective for aging in place.

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Presenters include: Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Gulf Coast Chapter of AIA Florida, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Stakeholders in Aging Consortium, Institute for the Ages, Living in Community Network, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, USGBC Myakka River Branch, Friendship Centers and Sarasota Architectural Foundation.