Des Moines—Greater Des Moines area residents are invited to join community and Age Friendly Committee leaders for “A Report to the Community” on progress toward the Greater Des Moines area earning the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Community designation on Dec. 10.
Key survey findings, a preliminary assessment of how the City of Des Moines measures up to the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly criteria, and recommendations for action will be presented at the annual meeting of Greater Des Moines Age Friendly Advisory Committee breakfast at the Olsen Medical Education Center at Des Moines University from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
In 2011, Des Moines became the third U.S. city (following Portland, Ore., and New York City) to join the World Health Organization’s International Network of Age Friendly Cities program, a five-year initiative to for communities to earn the WHO designation, “Age Friendly Community.” The initiative is being led by The City of Des Moines in partnership with Des Moines University, Aging Resources of Central Iowa and AARP Iowa.
Following a brief presentation, leaders will facilitate a discussion about new opportunities for collaboration with planning initiated by Neighborhood Associations, the Capital Crossroads Plan, The Tomorrow Plan, DART 2035 Plan, Iowa’s Healthiest State and Blue Zones Initiatives. By some estimates, more than 30 percent of Des Moines population will be 65 or older within 20 years.
The event is free and open to interested citizens, but advance reservations are required. Click here to register. Call the AARP Iowa State Office, at 515.697.1021 with questions or for more information.