AARP is on the move, and they want age-friendly communities. This Huff/Post50 interview with Amy Levner (AARP’s manager of education on livable communities) may be from last spring, but the message is just as timely as ever — and Levner’s campaign is ongoing.
Fact: the population is aging rapidly. Even those who aren’t savvy as a result of professional or personal senior care experiences are aware of this fact. As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) and AARP’s nationwide Network of Age-Friendly Communities program have joined forces to “support communities with information on best practices gathered both nationally and globally.”
The following are the eight areas that WHO believes are essential to the “quality of life for older people:”
- outdoor space
- health services
- community engagement
- social participation
- respect and social inclusion
- civic participation
Sounds like a livable community that truly would appeal to people of all ages, right? Here’s the great thing about these features: not only are they good for seniors and children alike, but some of these can be accomplished right now, without further evaluation from WHO or reports from AARP (although these are important too). Today, you can help a senior access transportation. Today, we can engage with our neighbors old and young. Today, we can work towards respect and social inclusion.
Let’s start building those age-friendly communities right now!