The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages states, cities, towns and rural areas 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. Launched in April 2012, the network operates under the auspices of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. Read the AARP Bulletin story on Florida’s efforts to get communities to join the network.

AARP Florida is partnering with the state’s transportation and elder affairs departments to help educate older Floridians about their options to age in place.  Check out FDOT’s Safe Mobility for Life page and the DOEA’s Community for a Lifetime page.

Fighting the Health Hazard of Social Isolation

City planning plays a role in fighting social isolation in seniors. More.

3 Communities Earn Challenge Grants

Grants are going to Jacksonville’s Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, for a bike- and wheelchair-maintenance station; to the Urban Health Partnership/Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, to add benches near trees at transit stops; and to Keys to Peace in Tavernier, for an intergenerational garden at a senior center. More.

 To date, Florida has 24 communities. (Alphabetical order)