EngAGED Communities | Community of Innovation Podcast, Episode 20

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On this episode of CABHI’s Community of Innovation podcast, our guests Dr. Jane Barratt (Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing) and Marcia Weisbrot (Art Therapist and Educator at City College of San Francisco) challenge us to think of age-friendly communities as more than a physical space.

We’ll learn that age-friendly communities are environments where residents, especially older adults, are equipped to thrive. As Dr. Barratt puts it, “It’s not what age-friendly communities look like, but what they feel like.” A member of the San Francisco Village, a thriving community organization led by older adults, Marcia Weisbrot shares how age-friendly spaces can combat ageism by bringing everyone together in meaningful ways.

Together with hosts Drs. Allison Sekuler and Rosanne Aleong, our guests shed light on what it really means to build communities that support intergenerational learning, independence, and inclusivity.  Throughout this conversation we also explore the role of technology and innovation in building age-friendly communities and how these tools can enhance accessibility for residents of all ages.


Learn More About our Guests:

Dr. Jane Barratt

A smiling womanDr. Jane Barratt is the Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing – an international non-governmental organization and non-state actor at the United Nations agencies including the World Health Organization.  Her leadership drives the agenda for the world’s ageing population. Among her many current positions, Jane is a Member, Vision Academy; Director, Baycrest Health Sciences and Chair, Education Advisory Committee; Associate Scientist, Sinai Health System; Member, Global Committee; DR Barometer Program; Member, International Council for Adult Immunization and Task; CSO Representative, WHO COVAX Pillar “vaccine strategy”; and Member of the European Interdisciplinary Council on Ageing Assembly.  To learn more about the IFA visit: www. ifa.ngo


Marcia Weisbrot

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Marcia Weisbrot has lived and worked in San Francisco as an artist, art therapist, and educator for over 30 years. Most of her time in San Francisco has been in the Upper Market neighbourhood. Marcia currently works as a part-time clinical counselor/art therapist and teaches a class in the Older Adults Life-long Learning Program at the City College of San Francisco. She is also a member of the San Francisco Village, a thriving community organization led by older adults. To learn more about Marcia visit her website: www.marciaweisbrot.com




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