Age-Friendly City | Louisville

"An age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities." 

                                                         - WHO, Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide, 2007
On October 10, 2016, the City of Louisville became the 120th member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, an institutional affiliate of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities & Communities®.

The UofL Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging is leading the Age-Friendly Initiative in Louisville. We oversee the action, implementation and evaluation plan to make Louisville more age-friendly and help infuse age-friendliness in all city initiatives. If you would like to help us create a stronger city, please complete this interest form



The official announcement was made October 10, 2016 at the Louisville Innovation Summit by Delta Dental President Cliff Maesaka, D.D.S. (far right), Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer (second to left), AARP Kentucky State President Jim Kimbrough (far left) and University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging Executive Director Anna Faul, Ph.D (second to right). Also featured: Sister Madonna "Iron Nun" Burder, S.F.C.C. (middle).

Source: WHO, Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide, 2007

About Age-Friendly Cities

Age-friendly cities are committed to becoming communities where people of all ages are engaged and active members of the community. These cities develop customized plans that guide the implementation of age-friendly practices along the following eight domains: outdoor spaces & buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect & social inclusion, civic participation & employment, communication & information, community & health services. 


Integrating age-friendly practices in our community will ensure that residents are able to age in supportive and accessible environments.

The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging is leading the Age-Friendly Initiative in Louisville in close partnership with the Metro Government and AARP Kentucky. We work with our community partners and stakeholders across all of the eight domains to ensure that age-friendliness is fully integrated in our community.

Learn more about the other Age-Friendly Cities in Kentucky: Bowling Green, Berea, and Lexington

We welcome anyone who is interested in participating in the planning and implementation process of Louisville's age-friendly city plan to connect with us by joining our email list and following the conversation #AgeFriendlyLou social media.

If you have any questions on age-friendly communities or how you can become involved, please feel free to reach us via email optimalaging@louisville.edu or via phone (502) 852-5629.

AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization. The program has participating communities in more than 20 nations, as well as 10 affiliates representing more than 1,000 communities. In the U.S., 120 communities representing 33 states in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Learn more at here.

 

 

 

Resources

WHO Age-Friendly City Guide


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