The aging tsunami has begun. Surveys show that a vast majority of older adults
- nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 - want to age in place. As the
older population grows, the degree to which older adults can participate in
community life will be determined, in part, by how communities are designed.
Older residents say they want their community to be more age friendly. The
task is daunting. How can planners create more age-friendly communities?
What are the characteristics of age-friendly communities? This session will
present the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The program is
affiliated with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of
Age-Friendly Cities and Communities® and is designed to foster public policies
and planning across the country that make cities friendlier and more welcoming
to aging populations. The focus is to improve the quality of living for
seniors and build communities that are friendly to all ages. WHO has identified
eight domains of city life affecting the health and well-being of older people:
• Outdoor spaces and buildings • Transportation • Housing • Social participation
• Respect and social inclusion • Civic participation and employment •
Communication and information • Community support and health services. Speakers
will share the on-the ground experience of Portland, Oregon’s and New York
City’s Age-friendly efforts and transportation models to provide concrete
examples of how States and local governments are fostering aging in place.
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