Unprecedented population changes are taking place in Central Ohio and influencing real estate development as well as economic and community development. By the year 2050, nearly one in five Central Ohioans will be 65 or older – twice as many as in 2010. Surveys from AARP show that nine out of ten older adults would like to remain in their homes or communities for as long as possible.

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, the City of Columbus and project partner Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission held a kick-off event to launch an initiative that ensures the capital city embraces age-friendliness as a core value of their work and services to residents. Age-Friendly Columbus will assess the age-friendliness of the City through research, field work, and outreach to create a 3-year city-wide action plan. The initiative is intended to serve as a replicable model for any community that is interested in ensuring that its services, plans and policies enable people of all ages to be active, respected participants in their communities.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “a key strategy to facilitate the inclusion of older persons is to make our world more age-friendly.” By adapting to be more accessible and accommodating of older adults, our cities become more accessible and accommodating of all people and ultimately more age-friendly.

 

For more information on Age-Friendly Columbus and other Age-Friendly initiatives, please take a look at the following pages: