Aging in Community: Exploring Options

Course Dates: 
September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 2015
9-11 a.m.
Rebecca Chaplin
Linda Giltz
Course Catalogs: 
2015 Fall

Rebecca Chaplin and Linda Glitz will moderate this series. Each week they and a guest lecturer will explore options for meaningful and interdependent lifestyles in our later years, from staying in your own home to a variety of other  options. Using the articles included in Aging in Community as a jumping off point,participants will work toward a personal action plan with the help of readings, discussion and a virtual field trip. This course is open to anyone interested in options beyond isolation or the nursing home. Required text: Aging in Community, Janice M. Blanchard, ISBN-13: 978-1482302653. Cost $17.32

Rebecca Chaplin (, LS, MA is passionate about health and aging. She graduated with a master’s degree in gerontology from Naropa University in 2003 and has worked in gerontology research, policy and practice in the UK, Canada, and the United States. Linda Giltz (, AICP, MA, has been doing urban, rural, and regional planning work for almost twenty years.  Most recently, Linda has focused more on planning issues related to older adults andnewer models for housing and communities. 

Session 1, September 25:  Starting Where You Are: Assess your needs, goals and resources as you age and explore an overview of options. This session will set the stage for all future classes.  Presenter: Marianne Kilkenny

Session 2, October 2: A New Frontier: Move beyond the false choice between aging in an institution or in isolation. This session will introduce the possibility of a new frontier: of Aging in Community. What might a community look like? What are the options? Presenter: Linda Kendall Fields

Session 3, October 9: A Rich Design for Aging in Community: Learn more and discuss the possibilities for a new design of aging in community.  This session will invite and exploration of possible site plans, unit designs, outdoor space, walkability, green and universal design. Presenter: Alex Mawhinney

Session 4, October 16: Virtual Field Trip: Take a virtual field trip though real-life local and regional examples for aging in community. Facilitated by: Linda Giltz & Rebecca Chaplin

Session 5, October 23: Social Policy: Challenges and Opportunities Understand the implications of social policy on aging in community and explore the opportunities for community support and governmental action to address social  policy challenges. Presenter: Philippe Rosse

Session 6, October 30: Connecting to Create or Enhance Community Where We Live Explore the formal and informal experiences that foster a sense of caring, belonging and effective interdependence among all residents - whether in an established community or looking to catalyze our existing neighborhood into one. How are people engaged equitably? Decisions made? Disputes resolved? More than money, these options require creativity, flexibility and a willingness to co-create an adventure. Presenter: Gaya Erlandson

Session 7, November 6:  Community Resources: Moving beyond theory this facilitated discussion will explore what the group views as community resources to age in the larger community of the county or city in which they live drawing from discussions of earlier sessions and group interaction.  Facilitated by: Susan Wrzalinksi

Session 8: November 13: Finalizing Your Personal Plan: Re-examine your original perceptions of your needs and goals and revise as needed after learning more about the options and elements of aging in community. Leave with a personal commitment statement and action steps. Presenter: Marianne Kilkenny