On October 3, 2012, the District joined other aspirant-jurisdictions on the journey to become an Age-Friendly City as part of the 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.
As of September 2015, Age-Friendly DC has:
- Trained 60 Age-Friendly volunteer speakers
- Engaged hundreds of residents through an Age-Friendly DC Livability Survey
- Participated in an international effort with the World Health Organizationand 14 other global jurisdictions to pilot age-friendly indicators
- Released the Age-Friendly DC Strategic Plan
- Engaged hundreds of residents and stakeholders in the development of the goals and objectives, the underpinning of the strategic plan
- Gathered details on 115 of 296 SMDs, thanks to 500+ volunteer walkers
- Piloted an initiative identifying age-friendly businesses in DC
- Crosswalked the Age-Friendly DC Strategic Plan with 11 strategic plans
- Reviewed 48 agency performance plans marking ongoing age-friendly initiatives in 36 of them
This work is all part of the 5-year process required to achieve recognition by the World Health Organization as an Age-Friendly City.