January 2015 – Present
Strengthening the Impact
Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative?
Who is working on Age-Friendly Sarasota?
Since 2015, the Age-Friendly Sarasota initiative has been a partnership between local, state, national, and international entities contributing their expertise and resources to evolve age-friendly concepts and community features in Sarasota County and beyond.
Currently, Age-Friendly Sarasota is being advanced locally by Sarasota County Government and The Patterson Foundation — working in collaboration to engage the community as it creates pathways towards a more livable future for all residents.
What are the next steps for Age-Friendly Sarasota?
The community's Age-Friendly Movement is well underway. AFS initially completed a two-year assessment of Sarasota County's age-friendly assets (May 2015 – May 2017).
The assessment explored aspirations of Sarasota County's residents as they relate to the World Health Organization's 8 Domains of Livability: Civic participation and employment, Communication and information, Community support and health services, Housing, Outdoor spaces and buildings, Respect and social inclusion, Social participation, and Transportation.
The Age-Friendly Sarasota County Action Plan, a requirement of joining the WHO/AARP Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, was then created to identify age-friendly goals and objectives based on the two-year assessment and data collection of existing community assets.
The Implementation Phase started June 1, 2017, and runs through May 31, 2020. The work focuses on community sector contributions to the goals, objectives, and strategies identified in the Age-Friendly Sarasota County Action Plan.
Using the Action Plan link noted above, you can get involved in the Age-Friendly movement by reviewing the Age-Friendly Sarasota Action Plan and providing your feedback. Also, share with us how you or your Sarasota County organization or business is making our community more age-friendly.
What is the value of this initiative to our community and region?
Besides having a unique geographic beauty, for people ages 0–100+, Sarasota County also has a unique demographic beauty — a rare population mix that is one-third under 35 and one-third over 65.
Through learning and sharing opportunities with Sarasota County residents, Age-Friendly Sarasota facilitates a process for people to engage and plan for Sarasota County's future. Every generation is living longer, and Sarasota County will be ready to provide its residents with the opportunity to thrive in a livable community for all ages.
How will Age-Friendly Sarasota support organizations serving older adults in Sarasota County?
What is the difference between Age-Friendly Sarasota and the Aging Mastery Program®?
Aging Mastery Program®, an initiative of the National Council on Aging, is offered at community-based organizations and is designed to engage and inform older adults to improve their physical, financial, and emotional wellness. With the Aging Mastery Program®, individuals create personal pathways for aging well via actionable goals, sustainable behaviors, peer support, and incentives.
While the Aging Mastery Program® addresses needs of older adults, Age-Friendly Sarasota is a community-wide initiative seeking to build upon our entire community's assets to optimize active, healthy, and engaged living for all Sarasota County residents. Government, businesses, organizations, and people of all ages participate to build a livable community for all generations around the World Health Organization's Eight Domains of Livability. There are more than 800 World Health Organization designated age-friendly cities and communities worldwide.