All Generations Can Benefit From Age Friendly Community Focus
The new Golden Cincinnati initiative announced by Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld included several key measures ranging from an “Aging and Accessibility Czar” to tax incentives for residential projects that are age-friendly.
State Director of AARP Ohio Barbara A. Sykes said, “When communities embrace the demographic wave of our aging population everyone wins. Crosswalks and sidewalks designed to accommodate the needs of older pedestrians also benefit the parent with toddlers or jogging stroller in tow as well. Cincinnati is one of Ohio’s great cities and this intentional focus shows city leaders have the kind of vision that will keep it great in the years to come.”
Since the middle of the 20th century, global life expectancy has increased by two decades. In just a few years, there will be more people over age 65 in the world than children under 5.
Findings show that an older population can contribute greatly in all walks of life. But to make the most of this opportunity, communities must address an array of challenges that can make it harder to stay independent and productive.
Sykes added, “We invite everyone to come and discover how to get involved as we partner with our volunteers, community leaders, and elected officials, to help make Cincinnati #BetterTogether. It’s an open invitation to be our guest at our community reception downtown on February 2.”
For more information or to register for the AARP community event and reception being held at the Westin Cincinnati on February 2 from 4:30 p.m. -7 p.m. please visit www.aarp.org/Cincinnati or call 877-926-8300.