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OZ Principal Serving as Key Advisor to International Organization for Standardization’s Committee for Aging Societies

December 7, 2023

The world’s population is aging, so governments, communities, and businesses must adapt. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) – which develops universally accepted frameworks to address global challenges and opportunities – established ISO/TC 314 in 2017 to create a more inclusive and sustainable environment for aging communities worldwide.

ISO/TC 314 identified seven key categories central to its efforts to respond to increasing life expectancy and aging populations around the globe, including community care and in-home service, technology, caregiving, integrated information management, future planning, enabling communities, and building standards.

Jami Molenkamp, Principal of OZ’s Older Adult Practice Area, has been a contributing member of ISO/TC 314 since 2021. Molenkamp's extensive experience in standards development extends to ISO 2552 (Dementia Inclusive Communities), TC 159 (Service Ergonomics), and WG 7 (Multigenerational Neighborhoods). His contributions surrounding the thoughtful design of older adult communities, alongside committee members worldwide, have enabled meaningful strides in delivering solutions that cater to the evolving needs of aging societies.

“The way we design our cities and neighborhoods has a significant impact on the lives of older adults,” Mohlenkamp said. “Unsurprisingly, older adults who live in socially connected neighborhoods are more likely to report feeling happy and satisfied with their lives. Social interaction is important for reducing isolation and loneliness, which are risk factors for many mental and physical health problems.”

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Adapting and evolving has never been more pressing in our aging world. Through its TC 314 committee, the ISO has recognized the gravity of this global challenge and the need for comprehensive frameworks to support aging societies. This commitment to innovation and empathy serves as a testament to our shared responsibility to ensure that the golden years of our global population are marked by health, happiness, and a strong sense of community.

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