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Public Invited to Age-Friendly Greater Des Moines Annual Meeting Dec. 12

December 4, 2014

Greater Des Moines residents are invited to attend the Second Report to the Community of the Greater Des Moines Age-Friendly Community ‘Great Places for All Ages’ initiative on Friday, Dec. 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Des Moines University Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 Grand Ave.

Des Moines Age Friendly Community leaders Dr. Yogesh Shah of Des Moines University, Joel Olah of Aging Resources of Central Iowa and Kent Sovern of AARP Iowa will lead an overview of the programs, projects and progress of Des Moines Age Friendly City committee and partners. 

Keynote speaker Washington, D.C.-based Jana Lynott, an AARP Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, will present research on the business case for making communities more “livable.” Her remarks focus on how investment in livable communities’ priorities has resulted in higher tax revenues, greater economic output, new businesses and jobs, and higher property values for communities across the country.

In 2011, Des Moines became the third U.S. city (following Portland, Ore., and New York City) to join the World Health Organization’s International Network of Age Friendly Cities program, a five-year initiative for communities to earn the WHO designation, “Age Friendly Community.” The initiative is being led by The City of Des Moines in partnership with Des Moines University, Aging Resources of Central Iowa and AARP Iowa.

The event includes a light continental breakfast and is free and open to interested citizens, but advance reservations are requested. Information on directions to and free parking at the Olsen Medical Education Center is at dmu.edu/about/campus.

About City of Des Moines

The mission of the City of Des Moines is to provide and maintain essential services that meet the collective basic needs of the citizens of Des Moines and to identify and seize opportunities for a higher quality of life.

About Des Moines University

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University comprises three colleges offering eight graduate degrees. A health sciences university since adding the colleges of health sciences and podiatric medicine and surgery in 1981, the programs share a collective strength — a collaborative campus community where students and faculty come together in the pursuit of knowledge.

Des Moines University offers degree programs in medicine and the health sciences. We share a singular mission to develop distinctive health professionals committed to health promotion, the discovery of knowledge and service to the community.

About Aging Resources of Central Iowa

Aging Resources of Central Iowa is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3), Area Agency on Aging. Our goal is to allow older adults individual choices in their care process in order to remain safe and independent in their homes.

About AARP Iowa

Serving Iowans 50+ and their families, AARP is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all through social change.