TOWARDs an Age-Friendly santa fe

Towards an Age-friendly World. A key strategy to facilitate the inclusion of older persons is to make our world more age-friendly. An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It is a place that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to people that are important to them. And it helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages and provides appropriate support to those who can no longer look after themselves. (see)

Age-friendly environments foster health and well-being and the participation of people as they age. They are accessible, equitable , inclusive, safe and secure, and supportive. They promote health and prevent or delay the onset of disease and functional decline. They provide people-centered services and support to enable recovery or to compensate for the loss of function so that people can continue to do the things that are important to them. (see)

Facilitate an Age-Friendly Community Assessment based on the World Health Organization’s model endorsed by AARP. The WHO age-friendly cities guide highlights 8 domains that cities and communities can address to better adapt their structures and services to the needs of older people: the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication, and community support and health services. (see)

Santa Fe needs to join the Age-Friendly Network (see) The City of Santa Fe will need to write a letter of commitment. (see) The letter needs to address the following: 1) Establishing mechanisms to involve older people. 2) A baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of the community. 3) The development of a community-wide action plan based on the findings of the assessment. 4) Identification of indicators so progress can be monitored against the action plan. We will need to form an Age-Friendly Advisory Council composed of representatives from racial and ethic communities, education, business, non-profit organizations, aging services, health care, the public sector and the faith community. The City Councilors and County Commissioners will be invited to appoint a liaison to the Advisory Council. See example below of Portland's Charter for their Advisory Council.

Portland, Oregon a case study In 2006 Portland was invited by WHO to become a part of its Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. The aim was to identify the city features’ degree of age-friendliness and to gather suggestions for improving the built, social, and service environments. After much work and collaboration the Portland Plan was formed, preparatory to revising and updating the City’s 25-year strategic Comprehensive Plan aimed to make Portland a more thriving and sustainable city for all of its residents. The final version of the Portland Plan contained a two-page section titled, “Portland is a Place for All Generations,” which called for the creation of an age-friendly action plan, among other age-friendly actions. (see)

  • Everyone Matters: A Practical Guide to Building a Community for All Ages following is a report of the Multnomah County Task Force on Vital Aging - 2008 (see pdf)
  • Age-Friendly Advisory Council of Portland was formed to provide a mission based group to lead the age-friendly assessment and subsequent implementation. (see charter)