Date: Thursday, November 18, 5:00 – 6:30 PM EDT
Location: Video Conference


Member Check-in:  How’s everyone doing???

Opening Presentation:  Committee Member Susan Wright, AIA, LEED AP, VP Design and Construction at Selfhelp Realty Group, presented “Three Affordable and Senior Living Projects in NY”:


Agenda Item from Last Meeting: Three Ideas for the AIA New York Advocacy Committee:

During our last meeting we discussed what ideas we would send to the AIA NY Advocacy Committee – here are the three distillations of those discussions.

  • The city should increase the availability of well-maintained public toilets — this is of special concern to an aging city population.
  • The city should provide more funding to make subways more accessible to an aging population
  • The city should provide more funding to help tenants and homeowners make their homes more accommodating to aging in place.


Events in Formation for 2022: 


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


Panel Topic:  Asian Models for Senior Care – Christine and Ted have developed some ideas to further guide and focus our development of this panel which will include a representative from each of three or four major Asian cities.  Possible cities:  Manila, Seoul, Taipei, Singapore, Tokyo. Possible topics:

  • Current demographic trends – roughly what proportion of seniors are living on their own versus with their extended families?   Basic demographic information:  What proportion of the general population is over 65?  Over 85?  At what age do people generally stop working / retire?  And what is the life- expectancy for women / men?
  • Are living patterns changing based on adult children moving away or working outside home?   Do aging parents “follow” their children to new cities?
  • Does the current urban infrastructure facilitate seniors’ independence and well-being? (i.e. pedestrian-friendly streets, affordable and accessible public transit, accessible parks, etc) .
  • Does the urban condition offer accessible activities and encourage their use by seniors?  Accessible libraries?  Religious institutions?  Garden plots?  Museums?  Cinemas?  Other entertainment activities?  Continuing education?
  • Is there any dedicated affordable housing for low-income seniors? Examples?
  • Is there any multi-generational housing in your community?  Either affordable or market-rate?
  • Are there other institutions, like senior centers, to provide social activities, meals, and health services for those who need / want them? Is there support for care-givers, especially those caring for family members with dementia?
  • Is there legislation in place to require increased accessibility for all, similar to the ADA?
  • What changes with regard to attitudes towards aging have you seen in your city over the past 20 years, and what do you anticipate in the future?


Presentations@ Monthly Meetings

  • December 16 meeting,: Rich Rosen and Ted Liebman:  “Senior Living Projects”.


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2021 — 2022 DFA Dates: 16 December, 27 January 2022,  24 February 2022.