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What does age-friendly mean?

Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents at all life stages to participate in community activities.

In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.

The guiding vision of our current General Plan is that Sacramento will be the most livable city in America. Livability means different things to different people, but most agree that factors such as job opportunities, housing costs, access to community services, leisure options, sense of community, and clean air and water all contribute to livability.

Mayor’s Initiative: Sacramento Enrolls in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

In August 2019, the Mayor announced Sacramento’s enrollment in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and a new initiative to develop an action plan to prepare for Sacramento’s growing aging population and become a more livable city for residents of all ages and abilities. The City partnered with AARP to host listening sessions and will be conducted extensive outreach, as a part of the 2040 General Plan Update, to inform the development of an Age-Friendly Action Plan for Sacramento.  The City also formed the Age-Friendly Stakeholder's Group and worked with them on the development of a draft plan.  The Sacramento Age-Friendly Community Action Plan will focus on actions which can be completed within a 3-year period.

The 2040 General Plan will help frame and support the work of the Sacramento Age-Friendly Community Action Plan.  The workplan for the Sacramento Age-Friendly Community Action Plan will follow the adoption of the 2040 General Plan and Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.  

Why is it important that we address age-friendliness through this update?

Population ageing is a global trend and major force shaping the 21st century. We all need to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Older people are a resource for their families, communities and economies in supportive and enabling living environments.

What is the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities?

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities is the United States affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization.
The World Health Organization's Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities has identified eight domains of livability that influence the quality of life of older adults. The availability and quality of these community features impact the well-being of older adults.

The domains are also used as a framework and starting point by the cities that belong to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Visit the AARP website to learn more about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and to read about the eight domains of livability.

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