Older residents—age 65 and older—may not make up a large portion of residents in Wards 7 and 8 today, but their numbers are growing as baby boomers age. Some put the increase as high as 20% by 2030.
Improvements in recreational facilities and local infrastructure as well as active and engaging programs offered by senior centers and DC Public Library branches are helping keep poor health outcomes from getting worse. Wards 7 and 8 are known to be high on the list for cancer and heart disease deaths, not to mention the incidence of diabetes and obesity. Without any additional interventions, outcomes will continue to be among the worst in the city.
APACC is interested in improving the quality of life of residents in Wards 7 and 8, particularly those who live close to Anacostia Park and Anacostia River. Specifically, APACC wants to "ensure that development brings much-needed resources for communities in the River Corridor." This means greater access to grocery stores, hospitals, and healthcare clinics.
The 2018 Healthy Aging Summit, in DC July 16 and 17, is an opportunity to learn ways to help keep older residents healthy and happy. The Summit—which is co-hosted by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Office on Women’s Health, and the American College of Preventive Medicine—"will focus on prevention strategies that encourage healthy lifestyles, planning for aging, and improving the use of preventive services."
The 2018 Summit will focus on:
- Exploring the science on healthy aging
- Identifying knowledge gaps
- Promoting prevention
- Supporting people aging in place and in their community
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the track most relevant to them. Options are: Social and Community Context, Maximizing Quality of Life, Health and Health Care, and Neighborhood and Built Environment. All tracks are consistent with APACC's policy interest.
Older individuals and reps from nonprofits and the government receive a discounted registration fee. Those registering before June 5 receive the early bird fee, $349. Learn more and register.