Jeff Johnson talks with CC Linstroth and David DeLong about “Age-Friendly Northfield.” The AARP Action Plan has been completed and teams are being set up to address the eight domains of an age-friendly city.
The AARP Age-Friendly Communities Program is proving to be an effective tool that local leaders can use to transform their cities into intentionally designed communities that are livable for all ages. Program initiatives help communities to assess their strengths and needs in eight designated “Domains of Livability:” Housing, Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, Transportation and Streets, Health and Wellness, Social Participation, Inclusion and Educational Opportunities, Volunteering and Civic Engagement, Job Opportunities, and Community Information. Once identified, communities are better able to secure, coordinate and direct resources to address the most pressing needs of their citizens.
A new “red chairs” program will provide 50 red chairs designated for older and/or handicapped individuals at outside community events such as concerts on Bridge Square so that they can have easy access without having to haul their own chairs. The chairs will have their debut at an event at FiftyNorth on September 11 at 6:00 p.m. and you can learn more about Age-Friendly Northfield here.