National Building Museum

Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population

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By 2030, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. This approaching “gray wave” of older Americans makes urgent the issues of affordable housing, aging in place, and community services. On April 26, the Museum will convene professionals and practitioners from multiple disciplines to address housing and neighborhoods for an aging population.

The Honorable Henry Cisneros, former HUD secretary, will deliver the keynote address. He will also sign copies of the book Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America (University of Texas Press). The book was co-edited by staff of Stanford's Center for Longevity and is available for purchase in the Museum's Shop.  All proceeds of the book will go to support the work of the Center.

Confirmed panelists (as of April 10):

  • Laura L. Carstensen, founding director, Stanford Center on Longevity
  • Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Matthias Hollwich, cofounder, Hollwich Kushner, Architizer
  • Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president, State and National Group, AARP
  • Christopher B. Leinberger, senior fellow, Brookings Institution
  • The Honorable Ron Littlefield, Mayor, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Christine Nocar, vice president of construction management, National Church Residences
  • Estelle Richman, senior advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ilene W. Rosenthal, deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Aging
  • John W. Rowe, M.D., professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Robyn Stone, executive director, LeadingAge Center for Applied Research and senior vice president of research
  • Fernando M. Torres-Gil, AARP Board Foundation; director, UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging
  • Jess Zimbabwe, executive director, Rose Center for Public Leadership

Find bios for confirmed panelists. Read the current program agenda.

Join the conversation on Twitter at #SeniorHousing.

In the Museum Shop: Independent for Life: Homes & Neighborhoods for an Aging America.

6.0 LU HSW-SD (AIA)/6.0 CM (AICP)/6.0 LA CES (ASLA)

$100 Members; FREE Students; $150 Non-members (Non-member ticket purchase includes a 1-year individual membership to the National Building Museum). Symposium ticket price includes lunch, beverages, and snacks. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

The symposium is an opening event for the Museum’s exhibition House & Home. Please note that on this day, the Museum will be open to symposium attendees only. 

Support for House & Home and related education programming is provided by The Home Depot Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hanley Wood, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Andersen Corporate Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MASCO Corporation Foundation, and AARP, among others.The Home Depot Foundation

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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