What is an age-friendly city? It is an inclusive and accessible environment that encourages active and healthy living for all residents.
Age-Friendly DC is a coordinated, comprehensive and collective-action effort with goal of ensuring all DC residents are active, connected, healthy, engaged and happy in their environment. It is an overarching policy and community engagement framework, one that involves every aspect of life within three Pillars: Built Environment, Changing Attitudes about Growing Older, and LIfelong Health & Security,.Each Pillar has its work organized around areas of focus or domains.
Implementing the District’s Age-Friendly initiative is a prioity project for the Mayor and has received unanimous support from the DC Council.
The 2023 Age-Friendly DC Task Force has developed opportunities for DC residents of all ages, community members and organizations, businesses, academics and other stakeholders to address concerns about growing older in the District. After evaluating the Age-Friendly DC-coordinated work completed 2012-2017, including ongoing listening sessions with DC residents and thought leaders across DC, recommendations for goals and strategies have been provided to the Mayor's office in the following Pillars and domains:
PILLAR 1: BUILT ENVIRONMENT
> Outdoor spaces and buildings
PILLAR 2: CHANGING ATTITUDES ABOUT GROWING OLDER
> Social Participation
> Respect and Social Inclusion
> Civic participation and Employment
> Communication and Information
PILLAR 3: LIFETIME HELATH AND SECURITY
> Community Support and Health Services
> Emergency Preparedness and Resilience
> Abuse, Neglect and Fraud
> Financial Security
> Lifelong Learning
> Public Safety
The Age-Friendly DC Coordinator manages the strategic plan implementation and other work of the citywide effort. Contact the coordinator via email, [email protected].