272087 Healthy environments for healthy aging

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Kathy Sykes, MA , Office of Research and Development, IOAA, U.S. EPA, Washington, DC
Healthy aging begins in the womb and continues until elder years. Homes, workplaces, schools, and communities that are healthy for young people are also healthy environments for elders. They provide access to nature and exercise, nutritious foods, clean air and water, accessible and safe built environments, and positive social interactions. The EPA has developed a program entitled “Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging” and each year issues awards for excellence in sustainable planning and age-friendly design. The principal goal of the Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Award program is to raise awareness across the nation about healthy synergies that can be achieved by communities combining Smart Growth and Active Aging concepts. This session will review the multiple factors that together create healthy communities for healthy aging, and how we can begin to institute these measures in our own communities.

Learning Areas:
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the various environments that form healthy communities. 2. Describe the EPA Healthy Communities for Active Aging program and goals. 3. Discuss how active aging and smart growth are interconnected and how they can be achieved in communities.

Keywords: Aging, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Senior Advisor to the US EPA Aging Initiative, Office of Research and Development, US EPA and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.