(Washington, DC) Today, Mayor Bowser with Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Brenda Donald, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, and private sector leaders celebrated Older Americans Month by recognizing the work of 32 businesses that provide exceptional service to older adults. These businesses were officially designated ‘Age-Friendly’ by the Washington DC Economic Partnership.
“We are grateful to our private sector partners who have really gone above and beyond to create an environment where people of all ages can thrive,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “These forward thinking companies understand that older customers and older employees are an invaluable part of our community, and together, we will ensure that DC remains a great place to grow older.”
Age-Friendly DC is a citywide initiative that brings together government and community partners to transform DC into a healthier and better place to grow older. The District has joined 400 cities and communities from across the world by participating in the World Health Organization (WHO) age-friendly initiative. DC is on track to become the third U.S city as an internationally recognized ‘Age-Friendly City’ when we complete our five-year effort in October 2017.
The Age-Friendly Business initiative is led by private sector leaders, including Mario Acosta-Velez, Director of Verizon’s State Government Affairs for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Businesses qualify for the designation by exhibiting a total of ten best practices across four categories: personnel, physical facility, products and services, and print and web materials. Businesses can apply for the designation or be nominated by DC residents.
The event was sponsored by Verizon, a 2014-designated Age-Friendly Business, and was held at the Washington DC Economic Partnership.
To see a list of the 32 businesses recognized and the 11 original Age-Friendly Businesses, visit the Washington DC Economic Partnership’s Age-Friendly Business page. Those interested in applying to be designated as an Age-Friendly Business can apply here. Residents can also nominate their favorite local business that exhibits age-friendly best practices.