L208 Summer 2018 Aging in Community Movement
Tuesday, 11:50–1:15, June 26
Instructor: Sharon Canner
Coordinator: Barbara Wilan
For the next 20 years, an average of 10,000 people each day will reach age 65, a phenomenon already having a significant impact on society. Interestingly, national surveys show that 90% of people over 50 want to age at home and/or in their community. To that point, numerous approaches have emerged across the country. This one-session course will provide general background on various models including the village movement, examples to address “aging-in-place” such as Fairfax Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) and Reston for a Lifetime (R4L), and resources for further exploration.
Sharon Canner leads R4L, a grass-roots organization creating solutions to foster aging-in-place across the Reston community. To foster healthy aging, R4L supports Neighbors Helping Neighbors—a volunteer model that seeks to match those needing services with volunteers. Canner joined R4L in June 2014, following retirement from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) where she served as senior director of public affairs for the organization’s chief information officers. Her professional background includes extensive experience with government relations, advocacy for mental health issues, health policy, and health information technology. She holds MA and BA degrees from Northeastern University in Boston, and post-masters coursework in healthcare administration at The George Washington University.