On September 29, representatives from communities throughout Florida will gather in Sarasota for the inaugural Age-Friendly Florida Sharing Symposium. This two-day sharing, learning and connecting event was created by Age-Friendly Sarasota and AARP Florida, who are hosting this event with the support from The Patterson Foundation.
This first-of-its-kind event will offer participants from age-friendly communities throughout the state the opportunity to gather together for the first time as they share their journeys, successes and challenges with one another. It will be an opportunity to learn from one another, create synergy, incubate ideas, develop key relationships, and establish a foundation for the Age-friendly Florida network.
Sarasota County joined the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities in 2015. With the support of The Patterson Foundation, Age-Friendly Sarasota was established, becoming the first community in Florida to receive such designation. Sarasota County joined almost 300 age-friendly cities and communities worldwide in 33 countries.
Since then, many other Florida communities have or will soon join this vital global effort responding to the multi-dimensional longevity revolution taking place worldwide. Age-friendly communities all share the desire and commitment to promote healthy and active aging throughout the life course while creating inclusive and accessible community environments.
To join the WHO Global Age-friendly Network, cities and communities must carry out a five-year effort that includes engaging people and building community partnerships, developing a baseline assessment of local age-friendliness, creating a three-year, community-wide action plan based on assessment findings, and identifying indicators to monitor the progress.
It includes addressing eight interconnected domains of livability that include outdoor spaces and public buildings, transportation, housing, civic and social participation, respect and social inclusion, community support & health services, and communications and information.
Communities engaging in this multi-year effort take on a major multi-faceted task, often with very limited resources. While basic structural guidelines and requirements exist, each community’s efforts are unique, reflective of their own assets and aspirations.
Limited peer support for these efforts has been available up until now, which was the impetus for leaders of Age-Friendly Sarasota and AARP Florida to develop the concept of the Sharing Symposium. The event will surely benefit and strengthen the efforts of all, and most importantly enhance and amplify age-friendly efforts throughout the state of Florida.
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