Beyond the Pandemic - Models for Aging in the Community
Join Maryland Philanthropy Network’s Affinity Group on Aging and the Maryland Gerontological Association for a virtual summit to learn about innovative local and national models for aging in the community. This special event will include a cadre of esteemed speakers, networking opportunities, and more!
What makes a good place to grow old? A community that promotes the physical and psychological well-being of community members throughout their lives. A community should also provide opportunities for fulfillment with regard to five major psychosocial developmental tasks of later life1:
- Continuity – individuals are able to maintain lifelong relationships, activities, and interests even as they get older and may experience more limitations.
- Compensation – services and products exist to ensure the basic health and social needs of individuals with increasing limitations are met.
- Connection – relationships become more important as we age. Individuals who have more actual and potential sources of social support have better physical and psychological well-being, and greater resilience in response to illness and other life stressors.
- Contribution – opportunities to develop and contribute life wisdom. We need to feel as though our life still has value, that we can add something to the world around us – if only a smile or hug.
- Challenge – the need for stimulation and growth remains important throughout our lives.
- Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP; Director & Health Officer, Baltimore County Department of Health and Department of Social Services
- Laura D. Riley; Director, Baltimore County Department of Aging
- Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN; Director, Center on Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
This complimentary event is open to all Maryland Philanthropy Network members, Maryland Gerontological Association members, and our esteemed network of colleagues and supporters of older adults in Maryland.
As a result of the partnership with the Maryland Gerontological Association, we will be offering Social Work Continuing Education Credits for interested participants.
A special thank you to our sponsors, without whom this special summit would not be possible. Thank you!
1. As identified by researcher Andrew Scharlach (Generations Journal, American Society on Aging, Summer, 2009).