City is the first in the state to join AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities
AARP Indiana officially recognized the City of Fishers today for being Indiana’s first city to join AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities, an affiliate of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.
AARP Indiana State Director, Sarah Waddle joined Fishers City Council President Todd Zimmerman and residents at an event to present the city with its official letter recognizing it as one of the 191 localities nationwide that have joined the network.
“AARP Indiana is working to make our communities throughout the state more livable for older Hoosiers and their families,” said Sarah Waddle, AARP Indiana State Director. “We are excited about Fishers becoming the first city in our state to join AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities and we’re looking forward to other communities following Fishers’ lead.”
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly 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. As the fifth largest city in the state, city officials have committed to address older residents’ needs in areas such as housing, transportation, health care and social inclusion. AARP will continue to work with city officials and residents to develop a master plan for improvements.
“As part of the municipality’s first-ever comprehensive plan, Fishers 2040, we have identified four areas that are critical to the health and well-being of our community of residents that are 50 and older,” stated Mayor Scott Fadness. “The City of Fishers is excited to build on this opportunity and will continue to make our community a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial place that is friendly to people of all ages, particularly for those 50 and older,”
To learn more about AARP or the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, please visit www.AARP.org/Livable.