St. Louis County accepted into AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities
On Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, a press conference was held at the North County Recreation Complex to announce St. Louis County’s acceptance into AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. County Executive Charlie A. Dooley accepted the designation from AARP Missouri State Director Craig Eichelman during the press conference that was attended by St. Louis County officials and staff, AARP staff and volunteers, and representatives from agencies across the county who are working to improve the lives of seniors.
By joining AARP’s Age-Friendly Communities Network, St. Louis County is committing to a five-year partnership to assess, plan and take action to promote St. Louis County as a great place for residents of all ages. The partnership will bring together resources, research and best practices from a network of communities from across the country committed to giving older adults the opportunity to live rewarding, productive and safe lives. Through this initiative, St. Louis County along with its local network of partners will be working to improve the health and quality of life for older residents in eight facets, or domains of livability:
1. Outdoor spaces and buildings – availability of safe and accessible recreational facilities.
2. Transportation – safe and affordable modes of private and public transportation.
3. Housing – a wide range of housing options for older residents; the ability to age in place; and other home modification programs.
4. Social participation – access to leisure and cultural activities; opportunities for older residents to participate in social and civic engagement with their peers and younger people.
5. Respect and social inclusion – programs to promote ethnic and cultural diversity as well as multigenerational interaction and dialogue.
6. Civic participation and employment – the promotion of paid work and volunteer activities for older residents and opportunities to engage in the formulation of policies relevant to their lives.
7. Communication and information – the promotion of and access to technology to keep older residents connected to their community and friends and family.
8. Community support and health services – access to homecare services, clinics, and programs to promote wellness and active aging.
St. Louis County’s acceptance into the network is an exciting opportunity to build on the momentum created by the 2013 Strategic Plan: Imagining Tomorrow for St. Louis County. This initiative will go a long way toward helping St. Louis County realize the goal of a thriving aging community.
More information on Imagining Tomorrow for St. Louis County can be found on the 2013 Strategic Plan webpage at www.stlouisco.com/strategicplan2013/. More information on AARP’s Age-Friendly Communities Network can be found at http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/network-age-friendly-communities/.