— March 2017 Nestled north of Orlando, off the I-4, the city of Longwood has been steadily coordinating its efforts toward creating an age-friendly community for its 14,000 residents, of which roughly 21 percent after older than 60 years old. The city currently has in place a slate of social programs — senior matinee, painting courses and fitness classes — but also runs the RuOK Program, which provides assistance and resources to its more vulnerable, elder residents. This visitation and emergency planning …

— March 2017 Of course a community that offers options like tennis, aquatics, shuffleboard, monthly food truck rallies, senior ballroom dancing would be a member of AARP’s Age-Friendly Network. Not only does Lakeland, which touts designations as a bike- and walk-friendly community, has these robust activities to keep their older population on-the-go, but they also offer a plethora of meal services for seniors who are more homebound. Meals and Wheels, VISTE Deliveries and food banks provided by churches offer services communitywide. …

— Of course a community that offers options like tennis, aquatics, shuffleboard, monthly food truck rallies, senior ballroom dancing would be a member of AARP’s Age-Friendly Network. Not only does Lakeland, which touts designations as a bike- and walk-friendly community, has these robust activities to keep their older population on-the-go, but they also offer a plethora of meal services for seniors who are more homebound. Meals and Wheels, VISTE Deliveries and food banks provided by churches offer services communitywide. The city …

— This small, scenic Atlantic Coast town, often looked over for another tinsel-towny city on the, offers something better than movie stars. Known for its picturesque boardwalk and dreamy beaches, the city of Hollywood, Fla., offers a hefty dose of indoor and outdoor activities that allow its 50+ population to flourish. The city boasts targeted recreational outlets that fosters socialization among its older residents and a fellowships what has cut down on loneliness and depression among its citizens. It offers an …

— March 2017 The city of Fort Lauderdale has a variety of amenities that make it a perfect qualifier for AARP’s Age-Friendly Community Network. The city parks and recreation department oversees programs that benefit and involve teens, youth, adults and seniors. The city plans to continue their advancements in their age-friendly setup by continuing conversations with Club 55, a local group that talks about what they believe to be the four main aspects of age-friendly life: social participation, respect and social inclusion, …

— March 2017 The city of Fort Lauderdale has a variety of amenities that make it a perfect qualifier for AARP’s Age-Friendly Community Network. The city parks and recreation department oversees programs that benefit and involve teens, youth, adults and seniors. The city plans to continue their advancements in their age-friendly setup by continuing conversations with Club 55, a local group that talks about what they believe to be the four main aspects of age-friendly life: social participation, respect and social inclusion, …

— March 2017 Meet the City of Satellite Beach The city of Satellite Beach has shown its ­­­dedication to age-friendly living by encouraging more walkable streets, easy-access beach paths and universal design homes as a few of its top priorities. The east coast beach town has a population of 10,418, of which 28 percent are age 60 or older. In 2007, Vice Mayor Mark Brimer and Fire Chief Donald Hughes created a senior fall prevention program and it quickly became a …

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— In case you didn’t hear, Miami-Dade County just got a little friendlier … age friendly, that is. On Feb. 22, Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative became official members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, a network of over 149 cities and communities nationwide that are committed to promoting greater health, well-being, and quality of life for people of all ages. Miami-Dade is the fifth largest such community in the U.S. Makes sense that the home to the …

— This small, scenic Atlantic Coast town, often looked over for another tinsel-towny city on the, offers something better than movie stars. Known for its picturesque boardwalk and dreamy beaches, the city of Hollywood, Fla., offers a hefty dose of indoor and outdoor activities that allow its 50+ population to flourish. The city boasts targeted recreational outlets that fosters socialization among its older residents and a fellowships what has cut down on loneliness and depression among its citizens. It offers an …

—   St. Petersburg, Fla. – An overwhelming 89 percent of St. Petersburg residents think their city is a good place to live as they grow older, a new survey by AARP Florida reveals. But there are aspects of living longer in St. Petersburg that could be better, and a new city initiative launching Feb. 11 – part of a global movement to prepare for longer lifespans — aims to identify and improve those areas. The survey, conducted in 2016, is …