The Economic Impacts and Opportunities of Families: Children, Elders, and Caregivers
Friday, March 9, 2012, 1:00-2:30 PM EST (noon to 1:30 PM CT)
Demographic transformation creates challenges opportunities for all communities. Retiring Baby Boomers are making new demands of the built environment, community services, and housing alternatives. Children and youth require investment to ensure healthy growth and development and productive economic futures. Caregivers, especially the sandwich generation caught in the middle, need more support to avoid burnout. Meanwhile, fiscal stress underscores the importance of finding new ways to meet changing needs.
This webinar will offer a fresh perspective on:
(1) Economics of families: Prevailing wisdom suggests that families with young children are a cost to communities, whereas retiring seniors represent “gray gold.” The reality is that both groups entail important costs and benefits. Understanding these economic realities will help communities plan for all ages.
(2) Service integration: Traditionally, we have provided services in age-segregated silos. Taking advantage of the opportunity to integrate service delivery can improve service effectiveness and efficiency.
(3) Physical design: To promote more independence among children and elders, we need to design environments that provide housing and transport alternatives and enable independence, thereby reducing the need for some services and encouraging healthier lifestyles.
The presenters are Mildred Warner, who directs the Linking Economic Development and Child Care Project at Cornell University, and Deborah Howe, chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Temple University.
The webinar is free and earns 1.5 CM credits. To register, go to www2.gotomeeting.com/