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DC's Progress

Age-Friendly DC has launched a new survey to gather your feedback across a number of age-friendly indicators from public safety to transportation to quality of life. Please take a few moments to fill out the survey today! 

The District of Columbia launched the Age-Friendly DC Initiative in October 2012 and since that time, much has been undertaken to benefit older residents and their caregivers.

Actions by Mayor and DC Council

  • The Age-Friendly DC Strategic Plan was released December 10, 2014. It marked a significant step on the District's journey to become an age-friendly city under the terms of the World Health Organization (WHO) Age-Friendly Environments initiative. The plan identifies 77 strategies and names more than 70 partner agencies and organizations in- and outside government.
  • On October 3, 2012, the Mayor signaled the District's interest in becoming an Age-Friendly City as part of the pilot AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities through the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. The goal of this program is to provide a system to educate, encourage, promote and recognize improvements that make cities, towns and counties more user-friendly not only for their older residents, but for residents of all ages.
  • The Council of the District of Columbia has also played a role in Age-Friendly DC. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced "AARP Network Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Recognition Resolution of 2012" [PDF] in late 2012. Two important provisions of the resolution are "WHEREAS, because active aging is a life-long process, an age-friendly city is not just 'elder-friendly;' an age-friendly city is friendly for people of all ages and abilities, and promotes active aging by optimizing opportunities for health, participation, and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age;" and "WHEREAS, an 'age-friendly' community promotes anticipating and responding flexibly to the aging-related needs and preferences of its citizens."
  • In late 2012, the DC Council also passed "Sense of the Council that the District of Columbia should participate in the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program Resolution of 2012" [PDF].

Related reports and plans by the DC government