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Faculty member in WKU Aging has key role in international meeting

WKU Aging faculty instructor Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald brought her international expertise to bear as a member of the International Advisory Committee for the 2nd International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities Sept. 9-11 in Quebec City, Canada.

Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald, pictured here on a recent visit to the World Health Organization with her son Patrick, served as a member of the International Advisory Committee for the 2nd International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities.

Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald, pictured here on a recent visit to the World Health Organization with her son Patrick, served as a member of the International Advisory Committee for the 2nd International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities.

The Conference was organized by the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec (Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec) and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

Dr. Fitzgerald played a key role as part of the International Advisory Committee which advised and supported both the International Scientific Committee and the Conference Organizing Committee on the “shape” of the conference program.

Bowling Green, a member of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, has been working toward improving the age friendliness of the city. WKU’s Center for Gerontology, in collaboration with the city of Bowling Green and AARP Kentucky, has successfully accomplished its first goals toward meeting the requirements of membership in the network.

Dr. Dana Burr Bradley, director of The Center for Gerontology, and Dr. Fitzgerald, who also serves as a Network Facilitator for the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, have been working together to promote the work of the Center through local projects and undergraduate and graduate courses in Global & International Aging.

The first International Conference on Age-friendly Cities (AFC) was held in Dublin two years ago. The purpose of the two conferences was to “foster dialogue and collaborative efforts among various stakeholders involved in the AFC approach; reflect on current issues related to the aging of the population and various strategies to support the implementation of AFC throughout the world; showcase AFC initiatives by sharing knowledge, programs, best practices, and tools; and explore and discuss measures to assess the progress of approaches emerging from AFC programs.”

Contact: Dr. Dana Burr Bradley, (270) 745-2356.

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