Community Forum March 15: Speaker Sandy Markwood

Sandy Markwood, CEO National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Co-chair Dementia Friendly America

Sandy Markwood is a national advocate for aging issues and a champion for ensuring that people have the best supports to age well at home and in their communities.  As the CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), she has been committed to ensuring that as a society we value and support people across the lifespan. That commitment has taken many forms including advocacy with multiple Presidential Administrations and on Capitol Hill for the passage of legislation aimed at supporting older adults — including access to critical information, in-home services and caregiver support.  Sandy will share how our community can become more friendly to people living with dementia at our March 15 forum dinner.

Register today:  Dimensions of Dementia Community Forum, March 15, 2018 | All-day Symposium, March 16, 2018  | Sinclair Community College Ponitz Center.
Register here for forum/dinner and/or all-day symposium.

Markwood Community Advocacy
Sandy has also been a national expert in the design and development of age-friendly or livable communities for all ages. Under her leadership, n4a has worked with hundreds of communities to ensure that they are good places to grow up as well as good places to grow old.  n4a’s work in this area is expanding as they have taken on a leadership role with the national coalition, Dementia Friendly America and launching Dementia Friends in the U.S.

Older-adult advocacy  
A passionate advocate, Sandy and her organization have launched campaigns focused on combating social isolation of older adults, promoting the health benefits of volunteering and engagement no matter your age, and exploring new transportation and housing options as we age, among others.  Her goal and the goal of n4a is to ensure that we all have the ability to age with good health, independence, and the quality of life we all deserve.


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