Take the Survey! Help Orange County Create Age-Friendly Livable Communities
Orange County, Fla. – Mayor Jerry L. Demings is announcing a new initiative to determine how Orange County can become more age-friendly for seniors. By joining forces with AARP, this initiative hopes to designate the County as an “AARP Livable Community.” An action plan will be developed to create more community resources such as accessible housing and transportation options for older residents.
With a growing population among residents ages 60 and older, the County already has the needs of elders in several masterplans slated for updating in the near future. The goal is to expand support for older residents by weaving older adult programming into core services in order to help better serve a diverse community that works for everyone.
WHAT: On Thursday, September 30, Mayor Jerry L. Demings will host a news conference with AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities and Growing Bolder to announce the Age-Friendly Livable Communities survey designed to gauge community participation and understand what the community wants and needs.
WHEN: Thursday, September 30, 2021 – 9:30 am
WHERE: Taft Community Center, 9450 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32824
WHY: In order to provide these exciting new communities, a response from the public is needed. The county encourages all Orange County adults to complete a 15-minute survey to provide the County with the information needed to understand what the community wants and needs. The areas of interest include:
- Civic participation and employment
- Respect and social inclusion
- Communication and information
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
- Community support and health services
- Social participation
MORE: By partnering with the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities Orange County can continue to build a responsive community for at least another 20 years. This network of 523 communities nationwide, including 41 communities in Florida, provides a platform to learn what other communities have found effective for helping their own residents stay active, engaged and healthy with dignity and quality of life.
Visit www.ocfl.net/age-friendly to take the survey or learn more about the Age-Friendly Orange County Initiative.
To learn more about the County’s Age-Friendly Initiative, contact the Office on Aging at OfficeonAging@ocfl.net or 407-254-9277.
To learn more about elder programs, resources, events and programming, go to Orange County’s Senior Services webpage.