About the Movement
The “age-friendly” initiative is a project of AARP and the World Health Organization (WHO) that launched in 2006 and has since expanded to 20 nations. The effort aims to prepare cities and towns for rapid population aging and urbanization. According to the AARP, an age-friendly community is one that is safe, secure, has affordable housing and transportation options, and offers support services.
As part of achieving the age-friendly designation from the AARP, the City of New Bedford was required to draft an action plan – a document outlining steps the city can take to become a more livable place for everyone. The process began back in 2015 as a joint venture between the City and Coastline. The Tufts Health Foundation awarded the city a grant to carry out the action plan.
The continued effort to make New Bedford an age-friendly city is divided into seven broad categories, or “domains”: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services. More than two dozen people representing various agencies, nonprofits and municipal departments are meeting regularly to focus on these seven areas and to ensure that steps in the action plan are being carried out.
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On July 9, the bowling green at Hazelwood Park relaunched with a lawn bowling clinic.read more
The Buttonwood Senior Center reopened after an extended period of renovations.read more
Coastline and the City provided an overview on the age-friendly movement at Buttonwood Zoo.read more
- Local Age-Friendly Efforts Provide Models for Success by Antron Watson and Amanda Bernardo, Municipal Advocate Vol. 30, No. 1, Dec. 2019
New Bedford advocates say helping the older population helps the community by Aimee Chiavaroli, The Standard-Times, 3/24/19
- New Bedford named ‘age-friendly’ by AARP by Jennette Barnes, The Standard-Times, 6/19/18
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