Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Capitol Center for the Arts 
44 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

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Robin H. LeBlanc 
Plan New Hampshire 

Adjustments - The Role of Community Design in Supporting the Dynamic Last Third of our Lives 

Whether we live in a bustling town or quiet rural village, many of us want to stay right where we are as we age.  What do our communities need to be thinking about to make this easier – or possible – for us to do so?

Our built environment – from building-specific to the overall design of the community – plays a key part in the health and vitality of our lives as we get older.   In some towns, almost a third of the population will soon be over 60 – that cannot be ignored, or addressed in the “traditional” way.  We need to make adjustments – in how we think about getting older, and how our communities plan for it.

The intention of this conference is to raise awareness of this key issue:

  • Because a large percentage of our Granite State population is over age 60 (and growing), we need to adjust our thinking in many arenas.  This conference will draw attention to the roles of  planning, design and development of our towns, buildings, roads and more.
  • Getting older does not necessarily mean slowing down or developing myriad medical conditions -  our changing needs as we age are just part of the continuum of changing needs that started at birth.
  • How can community and building design elements contribute to enabling us as we get older to continue to lead healthy and dynamic lives - in our own homes or in our own towns or neighborhoods?
  • This is not about them, or those people. This is about all of us.

Listen. Learn. Discuss. Be inspired.


8 LU/HSW Credits have been approved for this event by AIA.

8 planning credits have been approved by NNECAPA.

Thursday and Friday, March 30 and 31 2017 
Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord NH  


Thursday, March 30

2:15    Registration and networking 
3:00    Welcome
3:10    Short intro clip: The coming of age of an aging America
3:15    NH demographics and some implications for community and building design  (Steve Norton, NH      Center for Policy Studies)
4:00   The role of Smart Growth principles in supporting an aging population (Governor Parris                                   Glendening, Smart Growth America)
5:00   Reception (cash bar)

Friday, March 31

 7:45  Registration, breakfast and networking
 8:30   Welcome
 8:40   The coming of age in an aging America
 8:45  Livable Communities - what are they and why should we know about them?  (Todd Fahey,                   AARP NH) 
 9:30  Creating Age-Friendly Communities in Northern New England  (Jessica Maurer, Maine Association       of Area  Agencies on Aging; Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging  and  Maine Council on               Aging)

10:00 BREAK

10:15   Age-friendly communities in New Hampshire- project update (Sylvia von Aulock, Southern NH           Planning Commission} 
10:45  Integrating Planning and Public Health Where We are Born, Grow, Live, and Age (Terry Johnson,      HEAL NH) 


1:00    Where we live and age: Cities and Towns; Rural and Remote Communities  (Jim Warner, FAIA, of     JSA Inc.)
 2:00   Universal Design 101 – Sandra Hodge, JSA

  2:30   The “Missing Middle” – Ivy Vann, Town of Peterborough

 3:00   Role of transportation choices when we do not drive (Rebecca Harris, Transport NH)
 3:45   Wrap-up
 4:00   Depart 

Who should attend? Citizens, citizen leaders, planners, lawmakers, designers (architects, landscape architects, interior designers), developers, champions of people who are aging, and anyone who cares about staying healthy, active and vibrant as we get older. 

 This event has been made possible, in part, from support from:






                               credits requested         

Plan NH is a membership organization with a mission to "foster excellence in planning, design and development of New Hampshire's built environment".  We do so by raising awareness of the impact of that built environment and community design on the fabric of our towns and neighborhoods and the people who live, work, and/or play there.


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