The Walking College is a 6-month, distance-learning fellowship program for walkable community advocates. AARP Alaska will gladly cover the $1,000 tuition for seven lucky Alaskans to take advantage of this fellowship opportunity!
AARP Alaska wants to insure that people in later life have opportunities to contribute to their communities. AARP volunteers serve throughout Alaska and across the nation to create better places for people of all ages. With deep local knowledge, they are well-positioned to make communities more age-friendly.
DILLINGHAM, AK - Using funds from a 2021 AARP Community Challenge Grant, the Dillingham Friends of the Landfill committee are working to improve landfill management and access to the fish waste disposal area. These practices reduce human-bear interaction around the landfill, keeping both residents and animals safe. Friends of the Landfill is a volunteer group that works advocates for practices supporting the community solid waste program.
Anchorage, Alaska is officially the 678th community to enroll in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities (NAFSC). An AARP Age-Friendly Community is one where a city’s elected leadership has made a commitment to actively work with residents and local advocates to make their city a safe and fulfilling place to live for people of all ages. As an NAFSC member, Anchorage is now publicly recognized for its commitment to becoming age-friendly and will receive access to resources for identifying and assessing community needs, as well as technical assistance, expert-led webinars, and connections to a national network of over 670 enrolled communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities is part of AARP’s larger livable communities work that focuses on hands-on, locally determined and directed initiatives. The common thread among the enrolled communities is the belief that the places where we live are better able to support people of all ages when local leaders commit to improving the quality of life for the very young, the very old, and everyone in between.