U.Va. Institute on Aging to Host Livable Communities Lecture

October 13, 2009 — Elinor Ginzler, senior vice president at AARP, will present "Livable Communities: Opportunities for Successful Aging" on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Charlottesville Doubletree Hotel.

According to Ginzler, making a community livable means providing "for all citizens of all ages and all abilities so they can carry out their everyday lives" and participate in the community's economic, civic and social life.

The University of Virginia's Institute on Aging is sponsoring the lecture; co-sponsors are the Jefferson Area Board for Aging and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission.

Ginzler will discuss how elements of a livable community directly relate to one's ability to age independently and successfully. She will highlight some of AARP's current work on mobility and housing. The lecture will also include a discussion of the intergenerational and interconnected benefits of those elements.

Since joining AARP in 1998, Ginzler has been a key leader in the organization's independent living/long-term care efforts and has been instrumental in planning, designing, coordinating and overseeing programs in these areas. With more than 20 years of experience in service delivery systems to the elderly, she has an extensive work history in program management and development, as well as experience in working collaboratively with public, private non-profit and community-based organizations.

The lecture and parking are free, but RSVP is required. Online registration is available at www.virginia.edu/aginginstitute, by phone at 434-243-5695, or by e-mail at uvaging@virginia.edu.

— By Fariss Samarrai