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Friesen conference on active aging plans

May 3, 2007

Active aging and the built environment is the theme of this year's John K. Friesen conference, June 8-9 at Harbour Centre. This theme emphasizes an active approach to challenges of population aging. Organized by SFU's Gerontology Research Centre (GRC), it will look at removing barriers and increasing the age-friendliness of the settings in which older people spend time. "An appropriately built environment can enhance the health and well-being of today's and tomorrow's older population," says Gloria Gutman, professor and director of the Dr. Tong Louie Living Laboratory, a joint project of the GRC and BCIT. "One size may not fit all. We need to take culture and gender into account in policies and programs. We need to be sensitive to five key planning principles—inclusiveness, evidence, communication, sustainability and leadership—in developing provincial, regional and local aging plans."