AARP sponsored on Wednesday 7 October - Thursday 8 October a conference aimed at rethinking current systems and structures around aging and health considering what we have learned with COVID-19. Panel speakers such as General Colin L Powell, Jo Ann Jenkins, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson brought unique insights around innovation to reimagine a future that ensures people have the support they need at every stage of their lives.
It is impossible to image aging and take it out of context thus it is important to consider that while we all do age, our experiences with it vary based on community, wealth, health, and the support structures around us. In order to focus on aging, we need to look at the following community issues that are being ignored.
These issues may seem overwhelming but they don’t have to be. The conference brought together great minds focused on improving these societal issues to ensure healthy aging.
Reimagining a future that is ready to serve the needs of everyone is a lofty goal, but one that can be accomplished. We will work together to do this. GetSetUp is doing its part by offering virtual classes and social hours tailored to older adults. These sessions help learners to learn new skills, feel empowered, and share in a social ambiance with their peers from their living room. This allows accessibility for those with mobility issues and those with health risks considering the pandemic. However, we know that not all older adults have access to the internet or devices, so we are discussing options with other aging leaders on how we can make sure that connectivity becomes a resource that older adults have access to!
Creating equity is important to make sure that everyone has access to basic tools and needs to stay healthy and happy as they age.
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