Save the date! ‘Leading on Livability: Innovation for an Age Friendly New York’ August 1-3

New York is the first state in the nation to join the Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Forward-thinking communities are increasing their focus on livability, walkability, community health, economic development and how these issues impact people of all ages. As New York State government, local governments, community partners, innovators from academia, planners and the aging advocacy network chart their course in livability, AARP New York is pleased to convene leaders in this work for the second annual Leading on Livability Summit on August 2-3, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza, 701 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY.

AARP New York will convene these leaders to share best practices and innovative ideas toward a common goal: making communities across New York desirable places to live for people of ALL ages.

New this year, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York will host a pre-summit intensive training for community-based agencies and leaders who focus on livability issues in their work on August 1-2, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza. This pre-summit intensive, which will feature the design thinking firm Overlap Associates and Grantmakers in Aging Board Chair Ann Monroe, will offer participants a unique opportunity to sharpen their approach to community engagement. To register for the Pre-Conference Summit, visit

Registration and lodging details will hit your inbox in the next few weeks, so mark your calendar for this event now!

The AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities, an affiliate of the World Health Organization, is committed to putting people first in their plans and priorities. The program’s main tenets are the eight domains of livability: Outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and community support and health services.

Already, AARP New York counts 17 municipalities as Age Friendly. These communities vary in size, demographics, and many other aspects.

These communities have reached out to academic partners and philanthropic organizations to support and inform their Age-Friendly work. Their innovative approaches have yielded effective solutions to community problems.

For more information, please contact Randy Hoak at