contributor: Richard Eisenberg, next avenue
“You’ve probably heard about age-friendly communities; maybe you even live in one of the 305 cities and towns with the AARP ‘Age-Friendly Community’ designation. But what you might not know — and what I learned attending the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference in Boston last week as a Journalist in Aging Fellow — is that a few states are now designated as age-friendly, too.
“So far, New York, Massachusetts and Colorado have been granted the age-friendly state designation by AARP, joining AARP’s new Network of Age-Friendly States. On November 14, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to ‘improve health and well-being of New Yorkers across the lifespan.’ Other states, such as New Hampshire, Rhode Island (which has the highest proportion of residents over 85), New Jersey, Tennessee, North Carolina and Oregon may follow.
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Here are Pennsylvania’s Age Friendly Communities:
- Allegheny County (September 2015) | Survey | Action Plan
- Lehigh County (June 2018)
- Northampton County (June 2018)
- Philadelphia (April 2012*) Survey | Article
- Pittsburgh (September 2015) Interview | Survey | Action Plan
- Swarthmore (September 2017)
- West Chester (May 2016*) Action Plan