AARP welcomes Louisville into network of Age-Friendly Communities
The City of Louisville will be welcomed into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., at the Louisville Innovation Summit held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. The city is the 120th to join the national network and the fourth in Kentucky with Berea, Bowling Green and Lexington.
During the kick-off event, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, AARP Kentucky State President Jim Kimbrough and University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging Executive Director Anna Faul, Ph.D., will provide information on the need for and goals of the initiative.
“The Age-Friendly City membership in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is a wonderful supplement to the many city initiatives that promote life-long wellness and aging care,” Fischer said.. “This new accreditation further bolsters our commitment to making our multi-generational city the place to live, work, create and innovate for people of all ages.”
Affiliated with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities®, the network helps participating communities become great places for people of all ages by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in civic and community activities. Through the network, Louisville city leaders will have access to global resources on age-friendly best practices, models of assessment and implementation, and the experiences of towns and cities and around the world.
The University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging will serve as the host organization on this initiative and will oversee the development and implementation of an action, implementation and evaluation plan to make Louisville more age-friendly.
“The institute is thrilled to be leading the Louisville age-friendly city initiative. This recognition is the result of many dedicated and passionate individuals who believe in making Louisville a place where all people, regardless of age or ability, are able to flourish. The Age-Friendly City distinction is an incredibly exciting opportunity for our community to become more supportive not only of our older residents but also for residents of all ages,” Faul said.
“I look forward to working closely with the mayor and the University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging to help Louisville residents continue to pursue their best lives, while remaining safe, comfortable and engaged in their community. They’ll be a fine role model for additional communities throughout Kentucky,” Kimbrough said.
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities targets improvements in eight domains that influence the health and quality of life of older adults. Communities participating in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities commit to improving their age-friendliness though an ongoing cycle of improvement and with the involvement of older residents.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @aarp and our CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.
About the UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging
The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging at the University of Louisville is committed to a connected world where all older adults lead engaged and flourishing lives. Our mission is to empower older adults to flourish by building collaborative community networks of research, practice, innovation and education. We apply a transdisciplinary focus connecting stakeholders in the aging services community to support optimal aging. As a proactive generator and comprehensive repository of knowledge in best practices, we enable our partners to approach aging as an ordinary part of life, not a disease. To learn more, visit www.optimalaginginstitute.org.