Recently, Sarasota County was acknowledged during the Sarasota County Commission meeting for receiving recognition from the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities for Sarasota County's age-friendly leadership, achievements, and continuing commitments towards being a livable community for people of all ages.

Chuck H. Henry, MPA, Health Officer, DOH Sarasota, commented on Sarasota County's achievement, thanking Sarasota County Government, the Board of County Commissioners, and our partners, The Patterson Foundation, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus, AARP, and Dr. Kathy Black.

Sarasota County was the first Age-Friendly Community in the state of Florida, starting its journey in 2015. The importance of being identified as an Age-Friendly Community is that this accolade is not just about Sarasota as a place but about the community that helped create and advance the work. Age-Friendly communities seek to create communities where all people lead purposeful, active lives that promote inclusion and respect.

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