This student-run podcast explores diverse topics around sustainable urban planning. Students who are enrolled in George Washington University’s Master’s program in Sustainable Urban Planning host each season of this podcast. We interview thought leaders and working professionals, to get perspectives from the local to the global. We discuss sustainability, equity, social justice, policy, and design as they relate to the built environment. Tune in each semester for a new season for contemporary discussions about what’SUP with sustainable urban planning!
Sunday Aug 29, 2021
Sunday Aug 29, 2021
In this episode, Mel Pennett and Alex Davis interview Bates McKinney to talk about inclusive programming for older adults. They discuss equity in access and the needs of senior citizens and how to create programming that keeps elderly adults active and engaged both mentally and physically. The importance of community and social connection (especially during a pandemic) reveals how central community centers are for keeping individuals healthy and socially engaged. Tune in to hear the whole conversation.
Highlights from the Conversation:
- Urban Planning and Park Equity
- Recreational programming for an aging population
- Community Centers and their contribution to quality of life
- Parks and Recreation partnership with Community Centers
- Intergenerational programming for different demographics
- Doctor’s prescription for Parks and Recreation
- Aging in place, fighting loneliness
- Community centers, seniors, and covid-19
- Barriers to access - ability to drive
- Inclusivity of seniors leads to better design for everyone - ADA, non-neurotypical, etc.
- Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
Guest Mini Bio:
- Bates McKinney works at Spartanburg County Park; designing programming for people who are aged 50 and older. Her background is in psychology and has extensive experience working with people with dementia. Seniors are her passion!
- Learn more about social inclusion from the World Health Organization
- Learn more about building aging and disability friendly cities from the National Institutes of Health
Special thanks to guest Bates McKinney. Voice, research, and interview credits to Alex Davis and Mel Pennett. Intro and Outro voice: Alex Davis. Produced by: Raven Nee.
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