From Aging in Community to Age-Friendly Community: Translating Applied Research into Practice

From Aging in Community to Age-Friendly Community: Translating Applied Research into Practice

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Stacy Sternberg, communications coordinator for The Patterson Foundation
On February 2, 2017, Dr. Kathy Black, a consultant for Age-Friendly Sarasota, and her associate Dr. Kathryn Hyer, received the Award of Excellence in The International Journal of Aging and Society.

From Aging in Community to Age-Friendly Community: Translating Applied Research into Practice was selected for the award from among the ten highest-ranked papers emerging from the peer-review process and according to the selection criteria outlined in the referee guidelines.

“It is a great honor for our article to be recognized with this distinction. As gerontologists, we are particularly honored because it demonstrates the applied value of research and its connection to practice in the real world. As scholars, we are also very pleased to demonstrate the value of academic – community engagement that enhances and benefits communities in many ways. As members of our communities, we greatly appreciate how the age-friendly work addresses community livability in many areas including features of the built environment (i.e. housing, transportation and outdoor spaces and public buildings), social environment (i.e. social participation, civic participation and employment, respect and social inclusion) and services and support (i.e. community and health programs).

The article is also about the important role of educating all community stakeholders, in measurable ways, about roles for all of us in creating an age-friendly community. Research suggests that multi-sector engagement including business, government, nonprofits, media, and people all contribute to an age-friendly community. Utilizing logic modeling and based on empirical findings, outputs can be tracked and outcomes can be achieved. Finally, though we appreciate the personal and professional acknowledgment of this article, we would be remiss if we did not mention the important role of our age-friendly team and broader collaborative community efforts. In addition, we are particularly grateful to our partners: The Patterson Foundation, Sarasota County Government, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging at the University of South Florida and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.”

For further information about The International Journal of Aging and Society, Common Ground Research Networks, The Aging & Society Research Network, Dr. Kathy Black, and Dr. Kathryn Hyer visit http://usfsm.edu/blog/black/

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