Engaging the aging: Local do-good groups come together for conference on oldsters

Words of wisdom: President and head of Brooklyn Public Library Linda Johnson gives a keynote speech during the sixth annual Not-For-Profit Summit at St. Francis College on Sept. 19.
Photo by Erin Lefevre

It was a grand old time.

Officials from some of Kings County’s biggest do-good groups discussed ways to better serve borough elders at a Sept. 19 conference, addressing the issue at a time when oldsters’ needs are of particularly interest in Brooklyn, according to event organizers.

“This year’s theme was especially important because we partnered with the borough president’s office and New York Academy of Medicine on an initiative to make Brooklyn the first age-friendly borough,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Hoan.

Participants converged on St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights for the chamber of commerce’s sixth-annual Not-For-Profit Summit, which featured workshops on using technology as a health-maintenance tool and a keynote speech from Brooklyn Public Library president Linda Johnson.

The half-day event also boasted a panel with reps from the Young Men’s Christian Association, New York Academy of Medicine, Brownsville Partnership, and Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island), who is the co-chair of Council’s Committee on Aging.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Asking the tough questions: Sharon Greenberger, moderator and president of the YMCA of Greater New York, poses a question to Lindsay Goldman, director of Healthy Aging at The New York Academy of Medicine, while hosting a panel.
Photo by Erin Lefevre

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