Miami Dade’s older adult population is growing like never before, and the quality of life of older adults is greatly affected by local policies, programs and neighborhood environments. The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is focused on helping local governments, sector leaders, and advocates improve our community, so that it supports a high quality of life for all ages and abilities. The Parks & Outdoor Spaces Workshop took place on September 7, 2016 and focused on provide tools and information to assist leaders in identifying and implementing age-friendly strategies at the local level. Please use the links below to access the proceedings from the workshop.
|Session Details & Speakers
|12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Registration, Networking, & Lunch
Join us for lunch and networking as you check-in to the workshop.
|12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
Welcome & Introduction
Kick off the workshop with a welcome and overview of the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative and what it means to be age-friendly.
About the Age-Friendly Initiative
Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative – Why We are Here (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
|12:45 pm – 1:05 pm
Need for Age-Friendly Parks & Outdoor Spaces
Framing the conversation and the need at a national and local level, speaker will provide an overview on the need for accessibility of the built environment, Neighborhood Greenness in relation to Chronic Disease, and Age-Friendly Parks.
Joanna Lombard, Professor, School of Architecture, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Accessibility of the Built Environment & Neighborhood Greenness/Chronic Disease (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
|1:05 pm – 1:45 pm
Age-Friendly Park Components
Presenters will discuss the components of an age-friendly parks and open-spaces including: Park Infrastructure, Access & Equity, and Parks Programming & Opportunities for Healthy Aging. In addition, current resources and programs will be discussed.
|Age-Inspired Thinking: Planning for All Ages: Age-Friendly Planning for a County Park System (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
Alissa Turtletaub, Senior Planner, Planning and Design Excellence, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces
|Parks Programming & Opportunities for Healthy Aging (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
Allan Tavss, Coordinator, Active Older Adults Program, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces
Key Programming Contacts:
Baptist Health Programming Contact
Silver Sneakers Contact
|Programming in Parks – Joint Use Agreements (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
Sample MOU/Joint-Use Agreement – (Click here to Download)
Maria Scotto, Healthy Aging Program Director, Alliance for Aging
|Programming in Other Public Spaces: Libraries (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
Carmen Centeo, Library Services Specialist, Miami-Dade County Library System
|1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Age-Friendly Parks Cohort
Researchers from Florida International University will present on an opportunity to collaborate as a cohort to track changes and improvements in health related to age-friendly changes in Parks. (Click here to Download a Copy of Slides)
To join the Age-Friendly Parks Work Group to further discuss this topic, click here.
|2:00 pm – 2:25 pm
Age-Friendly Parks Discussion – Identifying opportunities and barriers to implementation across the County. Topic of discussion: How can we increase the number of parks that meet “Age-Friendly Park” facility standards as well as parks programming in our municipalities?Introduction
South Florida Parks Coalition
Eric Hansen, Manager, Recreation Planning and Program Development
|2:25 pm – 2:30 pm
Wrap up, Next Steps & Closing
The workshop will conclude with a discussion on next steps. Will you pledge to make your outdoor spaces more age-friendly?
Isabel Rovira, Coordinator, Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative