Did you know that by the year 2035, the population aged 65 and older is expected to outnumber those aged 18 and under for the first time in history? This pending shift has caused more states and cities to consider what they can offer to their largest growing populations. The #DisruptAging trend driven by AARP recently published an article which summarized which features make a community most age-friendly, and provided a link to a growing list of 368 communities which have become members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States & Communities.
Communities which are considered age-friendly have governments whom are taking the following questions into account; these areas ultimately impact the social and financial quality of life as one ages.
1. Is public transportation easily accessible?
2. Are there parks and walking paths for exercise?
3. How easy is it to make and maintain friendships?
4. Is medical care convenient?
5. Is there affordable housing?
6. What kind of health and community support is available?
7. Are there employment opportunities for older peeps?
Can your city of residence answer ‘yes’ to the questions above? Probably not… yet. But did you know that there are 368 communities whose elected leadership has made the commitment to actively work towards making quality of life a priority for residents of all ages? That’s right, members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities have made a pledge to improve the needs of citizens of all ages via a multi-step process.
To view the recently updated list of members among the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, click HERE.
Furthermore, there are also several states which are making huge strides in their efforts to improve senior life. Colorado is working on providing tax benefits to employers who hire older workers. New York has prioritized senior housing by investing $125 million in affordable options for low-income and older adults. Massachusetts has even established a ‘Governor’s Council To Address Aging’, which conducts listening sessions across the state to analyze the needs of older residents. Inspiring, right? If you could make your current community age-friendly, what is the first change you would love to see? Now… is there anything you can do about it? 😉
Learn More: What You Need to Know About Age-Friendly States
As the older population continues to grow, our team at Bobbi Decker Real Estate is more than committed to helping you follow the age-friendly movement. Keep watching this blog for details!
All my best,
Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
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