Age Friendly Seattle
What would an ideal community to age in look like to you? What features or qualities would it have that your city currently does not?
Sound Generations has long been interested in exploring such questions. Our former Aging Your Way Initiative was an important step in making Seattle a more age-friendly city, providing valuable research into the needs of our region.
Now, we are excited to be part of Age-Friendly Seattle–an initiative of the city to make our communities great places to grow up and grow old. The initiative began in July 2016 when Seattle joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities–a worldwide network of cities committed to becoming more inclusive and welcoming to older adults.
The principles of Age-Friendly Communities are based on a World Health Organization (WHO) framework that addresses environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults, and which focuses on “8 Domains of Livability”:
- Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
- Social Participation
- Respect and Social Inclusion
- Civic Participation and Employment
- Communication and Information
- Community and Health Services
Seattle is in the assessment phase of the process and will use this information to create a work plan that will guide efforts over the next couple of years.
We look forward to collaborating with the aging network, AARP, city departments, businesses, academic institutions, citizens and funders to achieve this initiative and make our communities stronger for generations to come.
Visit the Age Friendly Communities and Age Friendly Seattle websites to learn more and get involved.