Katrin Richter’s main interest lies in public policy and community programs supporting older adults and their varying needs. She brought fall prevention programs to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, CA by establishing a strong relationship with Stanford Medical School and its community outreach programs. She further introduced the idea of USB sticks containing important emergency and medical information of older individuals that can be attached to house or car keys. This concept was adopted and funded. Katrin has an MA in Gerontology from SF State and a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Katrin wrote her Gerontology Master’s thesis about the “Benefits and Challenges of Creating Age-Friendly Cities”. During the two years of her graduate studies she worked closely with the Senior Commission of Los Altos/Los Altos Hills to help create California’s first age-friendly city (recognized by the WHO). For her efforts inside and outside the classroom, she received a Distinguished Graduate Student Award.
The vastly growing number of older adults in the U.S. creates challenges and opportunities for cities and it is essential to prepare adequately. Walkable streets and neighborhoods, access to services and health care, social and physical well-being, accessible stores and transportation are important elements to help older adults remain part of their neighborhoods and valuable members of their community. Katrin worked with city council members, county emergency responders, Stanford Hospital, local interest groups and Senior Commissioners to create programs to increase the safety and well-being of seniors within the community.