Age-Friendly Summit 2019


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.

Join us for the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Summit for 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. Learn strategies for implementation and change from national and community leaders with a focus on actionable steps, particularly focused on our health system, housing, and planning.

Let’s work toward change, together. RSVP below to save your spot.


Venue:  Miami Dadeland Marriott, 9090 S Dadeland Blvd, Miami, FL 33156

Date:  Thursday, May 16, 2015, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Lead Agencies: AARP Florida, Alliance for Aging, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade, Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization, United Way of Miami-Dade, Urban Health Partnerships

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


  • To demonstrate the need for investment in the development of age-friendly health system, housing, and transportation
  • To present best-practices in developing age-friendly communities
  • To develop an inventory of Miami-Dade municipalities or agencies that are interested in, or are taking steps toward becoming age-friendly
  • To obtain commitment from Miami-Dade municipalities and organizations 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 in each Age-Friendly Domain?

Breakfast tables: People will be encouraged to sit at tables to have more in-depth discussions about particular topics, split by livability domains

Domain Representatives

•      Outdoor Spaces & Buildings
Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department, Miami-Dade County

Hannah Kling

•      Transportation
Miami-Dade TPO

Lisa Colmenares

•      Housing
Health Foundation of South Florida

Natalie Castellanos

•      Social Participation
Miami-Dade County Public Library System
Louise Gestwicki

•      Respect & Social Inclusion
AARP Florida

Yvette Martinez

•      Civic Participation

United Way of Miami-Dade
UW Confirmed – Names TBD

•      Employment
ReServe Miami

Doreen LoCicero

•      Communication & Information
Alliance for Aging

Martine Charles

•      Community & Health System
Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade

Mayra Dominguez

9:30 am – 10:00 am


Welcoming Remarks

Kick off the summit with a welcome by the Honorable Sue Loyzelle, Vice Mayor of the first Age-Friendly city in Miami-Dade County and remarks by Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp. Help us recognize the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Communities, Mini-Grantees, and Summit Sponsors.

      Presentation (Click Here to Download a Copy of Slides)

•      Welcome
The Honorable Sue Loyzelle, Vice Mayor
Town of Cutler Bay

•      Welcome Remarks
Deputy Mayor Maurice Kemp,
Miami-Dade County

•      Recognitions & Thank you’s
Teri Busse-Arvesu – Senior Advocate, Officer of the Mayor, Miami-Dade County

      Presentation (Click Here to Download a Copy of Slides)

10:00 am –10:35 am Age-Friendly Communities & Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative: An Introduction

Background information on Age-Friendly Network, Goals, Survey Results, progress to date, recognition of Age-Friendly municipalities 

•      Intro to Age-Friendly Network

Bill Armbruster, AARP Livable Communities

•      Age-Friendly Florida

Jeff Johnson, State Director, AARP Florida

•      Elder Affairs Representatives

Jeanne Curtin, Director of Livable Communities, Department of Elder Affairs

•      What’s Happening in Miami-Dade?

Isabel Rovira, Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, Co-Founder & COO, Urban Health Partnerships

Presentation (Click Here to Download a Copy of Slides)

10:35 am – 11:00 am Age-Friendly Transportation System

Learn about how access can affect healthy aging about work the Miami-Dade TPO is doing as a lead agency of the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative toward making streets safer and more connected for all ages and abilities. 


•            Describe What is an Age-Friendly Transportation System and how it affects health

•            Showcase TPO’s work with Age-Friendly Initiative and why they become a lead agency

•            Age-Friendly LRTP Changes

•            Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan & Road Safety Audits

•            Benefits to the planning process/anticipated for older adults as a result of this partnership


·      Introduction
Max Rothman, President & CEO, Alliance for Aging

·      Presenters
Carlos Roa, Assistant Director of Transportation & Land Use, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization


Q & A

11:00 am – 11:35 am Age-Friendly Public Health System

In 2018, 37 Counties across Florida participated in a Pilot funded by the John Harford and Trust for America’s Health aimed at making Age-Friendly Public Health Systems.  The goal was to identify and enhance the role of public health in improving the health and well-being of the older adults in our community. Learn more about the work, data, and resources available and its connection to Age-Friendly Communities.


•            Describe What is an Age-Friendly Healthy System & Public Health System?

•            Show intersect, how these two groups work together and have similar goals

•            Describe Pilot project happening in Florida with TFAH – Florida Age-Friendly Public Health Learning Collaborative and Action Network

•            Share new older adult county health profile data available online

•            Showcase why Miami-Dade joined the pilot and is partnering with AFI

•            Provide ways that local municipalities and organizations can get involved or implement strategies locally


·      Introduction

Karen Weller, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade

Presentation (Click Here to Download a Copy of Slides)

•      Age-Friendly Public Health System in Florida
Jennifer Johnson, Interim Assistant Deputy Secretary for Health & Director, Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Management, Florida Department of Health

Presentation (Click Here to Download a Copy of Slides)

·      US Census – How Data will influence future decision making
Venghan “Winnie” Tang, US Census Bureau

Presentation (Click Here to Download a Copy of Slides)

·      Age-Friendly Public Health System in Miami-Dade

Karen Weller, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade


Q & A

11:35 pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH WITH KEYNOTE:

Land Use, Affordable Housing, Smart Growth and Planning for Resilient Aging

Join us for lunch and a keynote presentation with Danielle Arigoni, AARP Director of Livable Communities. A planner by trade, Danielle has been a leader in national-level efforts to expand the investment in sustainability and livability for over two decades. With experience working with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and US Environmental Protection Agency, Danielle brings a unique view to resilient aging and opportunities for aging in place. Today, she leads efforts supporting AARP states to achieve local policy change to create more sustainable and resilient communities for all ages. Learn how you can support or implement strategies and change here in Miami-Dade.



•            Describe what is a livable community

•            Highlight how livable communities support healthy aging and social connections

•            Showcase how a focus on Livability, health, housing, and sustainability can support resiliency in the community and in the aging process

•            Share best practices or examples of what’s being done across the country

•            Encourage and inspire municipalities and organizations to implement livability strategies locally


·      Introduction
Mary Donworth, Group Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Miami-Dade

·      Keynote (35-40 min)
Danielle Arigoni , Director of Livable Communities, AARP

Presentation (Click Here to Download a Copy of Slides)


Q & A

1:00 pm – 1:55pm





Age-Friendly Housing in Miami-Dade

Identifying & Addressing Age-Friendly & Affordable Housing Strategies in South Florida

Learn about recent research on age-friendly housing policies in Miami-Dade as well as the need for a focus on age-friendly housing throughout the county. Hear from local leaders and organizations focused on improving housing opportunities for all ages.



•            Describe what is Age-Friendly Housing and how it affects health

•            Showcase Age-Friendly Best Practices of Housing Policies and Programming

•            Explore what is already being done locally related to Affordable Housing and How it affects older adults

•             Showcase a new Home Sharing app and how older adults are using it

•            Highlight ways that a local organization is partnering with a home sharing company to held older adults connect to or share housing

•            Share ways that municipalities and organizations can implement strategies in their own communities to address age-friendly housing


•      Introduction
Maura Shiffman, Associate Vice President, Community Initiatives & Impact, Health Foundation of South Florida

•      Age-Friendly Housing Scan

Ralph Rosado, Rosado & Associates

Presentation (Click Here to Download a Copy of Slides)

•      Miami-Dade Affordable Housing Blueprint & Affordable Housing Preservation &

Evian White De Leon, Deputy Director, Miami Homes for All

•      Home Sharing – SilverNest (10 min)
Peter Kaldes, President & CEO, South Florida Institute on Aging


Q & A

1:55 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 & Wrap Up (10 min)

Teri Busse-Arvesu – Senior Advocate, Officer of the Mayor, Miami-Dade County

2:15 – 3:45 pm Workshop: Age-Friendly Toolbox for Municipalities

Join us for an optional breakout workshop for municipalities involved in age-friendly communities! Whether you already joined the network or are interested in joining, we’ll have resources and staff available to help you in the process toward creating a livable community for all ages.



·         Introduction
Isabel Rovira, Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative

·         Introductions by Speakers & Participants Cities
All Speakers & Participants

·         Steps to Joining Age-Friendly Network – AARP Tools & Support
Bill Armbruster, AARP Livable Communities

·         AARP Florida – Local Support from an Age-Friendly Florida

Laura Cantwell, AARP Florida

·         National Resource – Reframing Aging Toolkit
Linda Schotthoefer, United Way of Miami-Dade

·         Local Data Resource – Miami Matters
Brady Bennett, Health Council of South Florida

Presentation (Click Here to Download a Copy of Slides)

·         Local Action Plan Sample – Cutler Bay

Lakeesha Morris-Moreau, Town of Cutler Bay

·         Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Resources

Isabel Rovira, MPH

Q & A


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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