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Macon Bibb AARP Age Friendly 2012

Macon Bibb AARP Age Friendly 2012

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Age Friendly Communities Network

Age Friendly Communities Network
An “Age-Friendly Community”
– an inclusive and accessible urban or suburban environment that encourages active and healthy aging.

AARP’s Age-Friendly Communities Network
– focus on improving the elements of communities that enhance independent living with a goal of having older citizens take a more active role in their communities.
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WHO Age Friendly Partner Cities
Americas Argentina, La Plata Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Canada, Halifax Canada, Portage la Prairie Canada, Saanich Canada, Sherbrooke Costa Rica, San Jose Jamaica, Kingston Jamaica, Montego Bay Mexico, Cancun Mexico, Mexico City Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Puerto Rico, Ponce USA, New York USA, Portland USA, Macon-Bibb Africa Kenya, Nairobi Eastern Mediterranean Jordan, Amman Lebanon, Tripoli Pakistan, Islamabad Europe Germany, Ruhr Ireland, Dundalk Italy, Udine Russia, Moscow Russia, Tuymazy Switzerland, Geneva Turkey, Istanbul UK, Edinburgh UK, London Southeast Asia India, New Delhi India, Udaipur Western Pacific Australia, Melbourne Australia, Melville China, Shanghai Japan, Himeji Japan, Tokyo

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WHO’s 8 Domains of City Life
WHO maintains eight broad domains that help influence the health and quality of life of older people living all around the world.
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Outdoor spaces and buildings Transportation Housing Social participation Respect and social inclusion Civic participation and employment Communication and information Community support and health services

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AARP’s Role
• Work will be expanded into Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, and the District of Columbia in 2012. • Two communities in Georgia are being invited to engage in the project with AARP GA – Macon-Bibb and Smyrna. • AARP Network targets some of the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the well-being of older adults living in the United States.

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An Invitation to Macon-Bibb
The AARP Office of International Affairs will administer the program
– local contact will be AARP GA State Office

The WHO will automatically admit any AARPdesignated community in the United States into its Network.

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Current works of Macon-Bibb
The AARP/WHO partnership helps enhance plans already in place and provides an age-friendly focus on future planning. • Sustainable Cities Design Academy (SCDA) • Second Street Multi-Modal Transportation Project • Veggie Van with Community Health Works • Bibb County Green Team • Neighborhood Speed Table Program

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Benefits
• No fee to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. • Inclusion in a global network of communities committed to giving their older residents the opportunity to live rewarding, productive, and safe lives. • Mentoring and peer review evaluation by other member cities, in the U.S. and abroad. • Recognition by both AARP and WHO of the community’s commitment to become more agefriendly.
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Criteria & Process
Communities participating in the program commit to a cycle of assessing and improving their age-friendliness.
The proposed process for admission will be:
1. AARP state office identifies community 2. Letter submitted to AARP GA State Office indicating commitment. 3. AARP advises WHO and community is admitted to the Network. 4. Certificates of membership from AARP and WHO issued 5. Statewide public ceremony recognizing membership
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Next Steps
Within 24 months of entering the project: • Establish an advisory citizens’ committee that includes the active engagement of older adults; • Secure a local municipal council resolution to actively support, promote and work towards becoming agefriendly; • Establish a robust and concrete plan of action that responds to the needs identified by older adults in the community; • Commit to measuring activities, reviewing action plan outcomes and reporting on them publicly.
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Network Member
At the end of the first two years: • The WHO will assess Macon-Bibb action plan and certify that the plan is consistent with WHO principals, is realistic, and ambitious enough to lead to meaningful local improvements in age-friendliness. At the end of five years: • If sufficient progress has been made, the WHO and AARP will recognize those achievements and membership will be extended another five years with periodic review by WHO.

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AARP & WHO National Launch
Announcement of Age-Friendly Communities in pilot states at a press event to be held in Washington, DC, on April 4, 2012 • Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (invited) • Acting Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Estelle Richman • AARP CEO A. Barry Rand AARP GA and Macon-Bibb will develop statewide launch later in April with press event
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Age-Friendly Community: Macon-Bibb
• Recognition for Macon-Bibb • Improve quality of life and community participation for older citizens • AARP-designated communities automatically admitted into Network • Partnership with AARP GA • Research and planning resources available from AARP and World Health Organization • Opportunities for partnerships with other cities and connection to global networking

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Contacts
AARP Lead Staff Member:
Karen R Cooper, APR | AARP Georgia State Office Associate State Director | Community Outreach 999 Peachtree St NE, Ste 1110 | Atlanta, GA 30309 Office: (404) 870-3787 | Fax: (404) 881-6997 Mobile: (678) 733-4070 Email: krcooper@aarp.org | Web: www.aarp.org/ga

AARP Key Volunteer:
Myrtle S. Habersham, Managing Member M.S. Habersham Consulting Services, L.L.C. 590 D. T. Walton Way Macon, Georgia 31201 Office: (478) 745-7704 Blackberry: (478) 338-0884 Email: mh@mshconsultingservices.com

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