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Policy Pub: "Local Organizations Supporting Aging-in-Place: What can we learn?"

Policy Pub is a recurring series of brief, plain-language talks by faculty of the college on public policy issues that affect everyone. Policy Pub takes place in a relaxed social atmosphere. They are free and open to the general public. No experience or prior knowledge is required. After the brief talk, audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

In her talk, Professor Emerita Rebecca Miles discusses how an initiative she studied in Kerala, India, the Elderly Inclusion Program, makes it easier for people to age well in community and for families to support and care for their elders. Kerala outpaces the rest of India in the growth of its population over 65 years of age and has given rise to a number of innovative approaches to this new group in need of support. A core feature is a community network of Elderly Neighborhood Groups (NHGs) that is place-based, with 10 to 20 members per group. 

Miles examines the aspects of the political, historical, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts that help make the Elderly Inclusion Program work well in Kerala, and explores how it might need to be adapted to be useful in other places and what we can learn locally and in the U.S. from their experience.

Miles spent seven months in Kerala in 2016-2017, based at the Center for Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram, supported by a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Research Award.

Rebecca Miles was on the faculty at FSU for nearly 20 years, 15 of them in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, until her retirement this summer. She has also been an affiliate at the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, where her work focused on neighborhoods and health; rapid urbanization and aging populations; planning and public health, safety, and well-being; and development and social policy.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Backwoods Bistro 401 E. Tennessee St., Tallahassee

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Lecture, Speakers & Lectures, International & Multicultural, Free to the Public

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