Bob Carter is bringing four decades of leadership experience and expertise in aging issues to Age-Friendly Sarasota as an initiative consultant to The Patterson Foundation.
Carter, a strong advocate for older adults and a community leader, served as president and CEO for the Friendship Centers for more than two decades, and has led numerous regional and statewide organizations as their board president, including the Florida Council on Aging and the Florida Association of Aging Services Providers.
As an initiative consultant, Carter will co-develop the Age-Friendly Sarasota plan with Lead Initiative Consultant Kathy Black, coordinate initiative activities and share Age-Friendly Sarasota with the community through speaking engagements.
“Since launching less than a year ago, Age-Friendly Sarasota has focused on gathering insight on our community’s assets and aspirations,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “So much has been gathered, and it is now being analyzed. The Patterson Foundation believes this early success will lead to even more opportunities as the initiative continues its work. Bob’s vast experience in the space will help us capitalize on them.”
The goal of Age-Friendly Sarasota is to engage government, businesses, organizations and people to build a community for all ages. Recently, Age-Friendly Sarasota conducted a survey designed to help Sarasota County residents prepare for their optimal longevity and share their input on community assets that greatly impact the quality of their daily lives. More than 1,000 people age 50 and over completed the comprehensive survey, providing valuable insight to help shape the future of our community. In the coming months, Kathy Black will be analyzing the results of the survey to determine key insights and learnings.
“In a community like Sarasota, where more than half of the population is over 50, it’s crucial that we understand our residents’ aspirations for what daily life will look like as they age,” Carter said. “I look forward to helping this community create a future where every generation has the opportunity to live well and thrive.”
Age-Friendly Sarasota is currently seeking feedback from organizations that offer services or programs to county residents 65 and older. These organizations are encouraged to complete a provider survey on the Age-Friendly Sarasota website to share information about their age-friendly features and future plans.
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