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Grantmakers in Aging has selected Age-friendly NYC to provide technical assistance for its Community AGEnda initiative, which is aimed at helping American communities become more age-friendly. The work is being led by five regional planning authorities located in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and greater Kansas City. Funding for Community AGEnda is provided to Grantmakers in Aging by the Pfizer Foundation.
The New York Academy of Medicine staff will share the lessons they have learned in implementing Age-friendly NYC and providing strategic assistance to more than 50 cities around the world. Projects with the participating communities include: support to a regional planning organization developing an age-friendly certification process for Kansas City suburbs, guidance to a coalition in Phoenix in developing an age-friendly communities competition and work with the Miami Health Foundation in documenting its early successes which include the designation of age-friendly parks in Miami.
Age-friendly NYC will also provide the communities with information about the World Health Organization (WHO) Age-friendly Cities model and help to assess the readiness and interest of each to move toward WHO Age-friendly status.
The global age-friendly cities movement began in large cities, with just two U.S. cities (New York City and Portland) originally participating in the WHO network. Hundreds are now embarking on the process of becoming age-friendly. The Community AGEnda initiative is significant in that is one of the first opportunities for Age-friendly NYC to assist more suburban and rural areas in participating as well.
“What’s so exciting about this work is that each regional planning authority is embedding age-friendly policies and programs in dozens of towns, each with their own strengths and challenges,” said Dorian Block, Manager of Age-friendly NYC. “We are beginning to reach a critical mass of communities in the U.S. who are focused on improving the quality of life of older adults who live there. NYAM and Age-friendly NYC are proud to be seen as leaders in this work.”
Posted on January 17, 2014
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