A wide range of housing options. Outdoor trails and safe spaces for walking. Engaging cultural and civic activities. These are just some of the aspects that make a place age-friendly.
The notion of living this kind of happy, peaceful, healthy lifestyle stemmed from an initiative launched in 2006 by the World Health Organization “to facilitate the inclusion of older persons.” Since then, it has picked up steam in the U.S. with AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. Coast to coast—from Sausalito, California, which joined in 2017, to Kennebunk, Maine, a member since 2015—more than 400 communities have committed to the cause.
And now, in the latest trend, entire states are working to be age-friendly. New York, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine and Michigan are all on board as age-friendly states, as are Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.