A public commitment to make the city more livable for people of all ages and abilities
As the Idaho population continues to grow, and people are staying healthy and active longer, a new reality for communities across the Gem State continues to emerge. To help meet this challenge, the City of Meridian has announced their membership into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
This initiative helps participating communities become even better places to live by adopting such features as walkable streets; increased housing and transportation options; improved access to services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.
“Meridian’s demographics are changing and with that change comes further initiatives to ensure Meridian remains a premier place to live,” said Meridian Mayor Robert Simison. “Through this age-friendly program we will become a more livable community by creating a roadmap for safer pathways, needed housing and transportation options.”
“We know Idahoans want to remain in their homes and live in communities that support active and healthy lifestyles,” said AARP Idaho state director Lupe Wissel. “Great communities require careful planning and we commend Mayor Simison for recognizing the importance of an age-friendly lens as he continues his work towards making the City of Meridian a livable community for all ages. We look forward to working with the administration on the programs, policies and projects that will help meet these challenges.”
Communities participating in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities commit to improving their livability through an assessment of needs, development of an action plan, and implementation of new projects and programs with the involvement of residents of all ages.
Well-designed, livable communities promote health and sustain economic growth, while continuing to make residents of all ages happier and healthier.
About the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities
Established in April 2012, membership in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, does not mean AARP is endorsing any of the following municipalities as a place to live. Nor does it mean the community or state listed is currently "age-friendly." What membership does means is that the community's elected leadership has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city, county or state a great place to live for people of all ages.
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities encourages states, cities, towns and counties 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. By doing so, these communities are better equipped to become great places, and even lifelong homes, for people of all ages.