Date: Thursday, 26 May 2022, 5:00 – 6:30 PM EDT
Location: Video Conference



Panel Topic: “Independent Aging in Asian Cities” – Date: June 7, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Often in the American imagination, Asian societies are better places to grow old. This event investigates that premise with panelists who specialize in issues of the elderly in three major Asian cities: Manila, Taipei and Tokyo. Building on basic demographics, the panelists will look at the evolving living patterns of the elderly in large urban centers, and how infrastructure and architecture facilitate seniors’ independence and well-being.


  • Tai-Li Lee. Taipei. Professor at Pratt.
  • Dr. Estaban Beita. Tokyo. Professor at NYIT.
  • Dr. Melissa Navarra. Manila. Professor at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.


  • Dr. Ruth Finkelstein – Executive Director, Brookdale Center on Aging, Hunter College; former head of Age-Friendly NYC Initiative.


Other Events in Formation for 2022:


Panel Topic: ADA at Thirty — Accessibility Solutions in Historic Structures — Case studies of creative projects that extend the life and safety of historic buildings that are Landmarked or in an Historic District. The committees have decided to make it a one-night panel rather than a daytime workshop — date TBD. Special Project digital publication on the AIANY website is planned. Joint Event w/ Historic Buildings Committee, Building Codes Committee, Public Architecture Committee.

Panel Topic: Aging Populations and Climate Change — scheduled for Fall 2022. Donna Walcavage, of the DFRR, and the Committee on Design for Aging are planning a joint event.
Our audience will be design professionals but we may have others from the general public interested in the topic. The DFRR committee or our moderator can introduce the speakers with some statistics and other information highlighting the scale of the issue to engage the audience. Then 3 or 4 speakers covering these aspects:
1) Evaluating places to live
2) Preparation for shocks and stressors
3) Evacuation or shelter in place
We will focus on social equity, accessibility and mobility as we cover these topics. In the limited time for the panel, we can’t cover all the possible shocks and stressors, so if we find a good speaker in one aspect that is focused on extreme heat and another that is talking about sea level rise, it is ok to acknowledge the range of the discussion.


Presentations @ Monthly Meetings

  • June 23 meeting: Bruce Eisenberg will speak on Accessibility Upgrades by NYCHA.


Save the Date

  • 2022 DFA Dates: 23 June, 28 July, AUGUST RECESS.