Austin City Council will receive a certificate of approval this Thursday, marking the official start to the implementation of the Austin Age-Friendly Action Plan. At the beginning of Thursday’s City Council meeting, community leaders will recognize this achievement and present City Council with a certificate from AARP and the World Health Organization.
WHERE: City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701 WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 2018; 10am
This plan, designed to make Austin a livable community for people of all ages, was developed by the City of Austin Commission on Seniors, AARP, AustinUP, and other nonprofits working in coordination with the Austin City Council. Austin is the first city in Texas to receive approval from the World Health Organization (WHO) for its action plan.
The City of Austin is engaged in a collaborative effort across nine departments as well as the Commission on Seniors to turn the plan into reality. The City’s Departmental effort is led by interim Assistant City Manager, Sara Hensley, with leadership from Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden. Departments currently participating include: Austin Public Health, Austin Public Library, Parks and Recreation, the City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, Neighborhood Housing and Community Development, Public Works, Planning and Zoning, and Austin Transportation.
Austin has the fastest growing pre-senior population in the United States, and will soon be home to more older adults than children. A livable community is designed with all residents in mind, from the very young to older adults who want to remain in the community they call home. Such a community enhances personal independence, allows residents to age in place, and engages people of all ages in an area’s civic, economic and social life.
Austin is officially a member of the AARP Network of Age-friendly Communities, an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-friendly Cities and Communities Program. This program currently involves more than 287 cities, including New York City, Boston, Portland, Augusta, London, Melbourne, and many others.