Age-Friendly Summit 2015


The rapid change in our older adult population will change the demographics and make-up of Miami-Dade County in the coming years. How well we prepare our communities for this aging phenomenon will determine the quality of life for the residents of our community as it ages. It is imperative that Miami-Dade takes significant steps today towards addressing this challenge and implementing strategies to make our community more age-friendly for older adults.

The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Summit took place on May 12, 2015 and was an engaging discussion with local movers-and-shakers aimed at making Greater Miami better – more convenient, more integrated, more accessible, and more enjoyable for older adults and for our citizens of all ages. Strategies for implementation and change from national and community leaders with a focus on actionable steps, particularly in planning our Outdoor Spaces, Transportation, and Housing were provided.

The summit was a first step as we begin to work together toward change. Please use the links below to access the proceedings.


Venue: Newman Alumni Center, University of Miami, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Program Planned by: AARP Florida, Alliance for Aging, Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade County, Urban Health Partnerships, United Way of Miami-Dade

Goal: Foster commitment toward and create a shared vision for an Age-Friendly Miami-Dade


  1. To demonstrate the need for investment in the development of age-friendly environments, transportation, and housing
  2. To present best-practices in developing age-friendly communities
  3. To develop an inventory of Miami-Dade municipalities or agencies that have taken steps towards becoming more age-friendly
  4. To obtain commitment from Miami-Dade municipalities to participate in an active process of prioritizing older adults’ needs and promoting older adults’ engagement in improving the quality of life of the County




Time Session Details & Speakers
8:30 am – 9:30 am

Registration, Networking, Continental Breakfast and Coffee

Join us for a light refreshments and networking as you check-in to our summit

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Interactive Portion: What is being done in your Community in each Age-Friendly Domain? What would you like to see done?

Poster boards will be set up around the pre-function area for interaction and data gathering from the community, split by livability domains.

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

Kick off the summit with a welcome by Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, Remarks by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and Recognitions.

The Honorable Cindy Lerner, Mayor, Village of Pinecrest
Immediate Past President, League of Cities

Welcome Remarks
The Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County

Recognitions & Thank you’s
Steve Marcus, President & CEO, Health Foundation of South Florida

10:00 am –10:45 am

AARP Livability Index – How Does Miami Rank?

AARP will debut, for the first time in any community, the new AARP Livability Index, how Miami ranks, and how communities can use the information at the local level.

Laura Cantwell, Associate State Director – Advocacy, AARP Florida

Presentation (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
Rodney Harrell
, Director of Livable Communities, AARP Public Policy Institute

Q & A

10:45 am – 11:15 am

From National to Local Initiatives: How We can Work together for an Aging America

Framing the conversation from a national to local level, nationally renowned and award winning CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, John Feather, will provide a background on how our local work fits into what is being done nationally. Examples and considerations for next steps in advancing the local movement toward an age friendly Miami-Dade will be provided.

Martha Pelaez, Director, Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative & Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, Health Foundation of South Florida

Presentation (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
John Feather
, CEO, Grantmakers in Aging

Q & A

11:15 am – 12:00 pm







Building an Environment for Healthy Living: Local Applications

This session will begin with an overview of the Age-Friendly Initiative Action Plan and will focus on the priority areas related to built environment including Outdoor Spaces & Buildings, Transportation, and Housing. Local examples of projects that communities can implement will be provided.

Max B. Rothman, President & CEO, Alliance for Aging

Katy Sorenson
, Founder, President & CEO, Good Government Initiative

Overview of Livability Domains & Action Plan (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
Peter Wood
, Vice President of Programs and
Community Investments, Health Foundation of South Florida

Outdoor Spaces & Buildings (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
George Navarrete, Deputy Director, Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department, Miami-Dade County

Transportation (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
Gail Holley, Program Manager, Safe Mobility for Life Program Manager, Florida Department of Transportation

Housing (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
Melissa Gallo, Policy & Program Director, Miami Coalition for the Homeless

Guided Discussion as a Panel
All Speakers

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

LUNCH WITH KEYNOTE: Age-Friendly Communities: Making the Case for Local Public Policy and Implementation

Scott has been actively engaged in the promotion of the independent living and health of aging citizens, and has authored numerous publications on the subject including Livable Communities For Aging Populations: Urban Design for Longevity. Scott is currently working with Stockholm Senior City in Sweden on urban design for senior demographics. Scott will give attendees the background, tools and strategies to start the conversation, make the case, and take steps in their own departments and communities toward livability.

Harve Mogul, President & CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade

Presentation (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
Scott Ball
, Principal, Little 5 Points Community Improvement District (L5PCID), and Commons Planning

Q & A

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Panel Discussion Session: How Can We Work Together to Implement Age-Friendly Strategies?

The final session of the day will be a dynamic panel of experts and leaders in a guided discussion on how we as a county can further build the support and leadership needed to successfully become a more age-friendly community.

The Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Commissioner, District 8, Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners

Luis Hernandez
, Morning Anchor, WLRN Miami/South Florida


Scott Ball, Principal, Little 5 Points Community Improvement District (L5PCID), and Commons Planning

John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers in Aging

Rodney Harrell, Director of Livable Communities, AARP Public Policy Institute

Martha Pelaez, Director, Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative & Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative, Health Foundation of South Florida

1:50 pm – 2:00 pm

Closing & Challenge

The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Summit will conclude with a Challenge to attendees, and leaders of municipalities, communities, and local businesses and departments.

Will you pledge to make your community more age-friendly?

Thank you and Challenge Reminder
Julie Edwards
, Asset Management Director
Public Housing and Community Development, Miami-Dade County

Lead Agencies

Our partners include the following lead agencies: AARP Florida, Alliance for Aging, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization, United Way of Miami-Dade, and Urban Health Partnerships.

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