October 14, 2016
Boulder County to receive age-friendly designation by AARP
Latest Colorado county inducted into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities
Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County will be named an age-friendly community by
the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities on Friday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. during the
kickoff of the 2016 Age Well Conference at the Plaza Hotel and Conference
Center in Longmont.
AARP Colorado State Director Bob Murphy will present the Age-Friendly
Community recognition certificate to Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner.
What: AARP Age-Friendly Community presentation to Boulder County
When: Friday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m
Where: Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont.
“The Age-Friendly Community designation reinforces the work the Age
Well leadership team has performed for more than 10 years,” says Sherry Leach,
Manager, Boulder County Area Agency on Aging (AAA). “The team, made up of
senior services in the cities of Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette and
Erie, along with the AAA, has designed and implemented an Age Well
philosophy incorporating the public and private sectors, agencies, and individuals
across the area. Working together, this team has helped to create vibrant
communities in Boulder County where all of our residents can age well.”
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate
of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and
Communities, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare
for their own growing population of older adults.
The designation means a municipality will work to become a
great place to live with features such as walkable streets, affordable housing,
transportation, access to key services for residents as they age. Each community
has different initiatives to improve their age friendly communities.
Other than Boulder County, Colorado Springs, Denver and Larimer
County have received the designation by AARP in Colorado.
Communities participating in the AARP Network of
Age-Friendly Communities commit to ongoing improvement and submit to a rigorous
assessment cycle of enhancements. Members become part of a global network of
communities committed to providing older adults with the opportunity to live
rewarding, productive and safe lives.
Benefits of membership include guidance from national
experts, admission into the World Health Organization’s age-friendly network,
resources for identifying and developing assessment and survey tools, best
practices, evaluation tools and invitations to organized trainings and
networking events to name a few.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more
than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real
possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter
most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement
planning. Learn more at www.aarp.org.