​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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City Council Votes to Make Phoenix an AARP Age-Friendly CommunityCity Council Votes to Make Phoenix an AARP Age-Friendly Community<div class="ExternalClass09BE58175BB8426F8F90282DB5476773"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>​The Phoenix City Council today voted to have the city join the AARP Network of Age-<br> Friendly Communities. The 7 to 1 City Council vote adds Phoenix to a number of large U.S. cities that have pledged to plan and prepare for worldwide trends of rapid population aging and urbanization. The City Council also approved the creation of a new management assistant II position to oversee this initiative and another on making Phoenix a Fast-Track City to end AIDS as a public health threat. </p><p>Communities in more than 20 nations including New York city, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Washington D.C. in the U.S. are members of the network, which is part of the World Health Organization's Global Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. Mayor Stanton has appointed Councilwoman Thelda Williams and Vice Mayor Kate Gallego as co-chairs of Phoenix's Age-Friendly effort. </p><p>Cities in the network pledge to work toward becoming more age-friendly; identify and involve stakeholders, including older adults; conduct a baseline assessment of the community's age-friendliness; write an action plan, based on the results from the assessment, aimed at improving the community's livability for people of all ages; identify indicators for assessing and monitoring progress; monitor progress and establish a process for continual improvement.</p><p>"Phoenix is one of the world's great cities because we provide opportunity and vibrant lifestyle options for residents of all ages," said Mayor Stanton. "As we continue to build a sustainable innovation-based economy that works for everyone, modernize our transportation system and revitalize Downtown, it's important that we keep an age-friendly perspective to move Phoenix forward."  </p><p>Network cities use eight Domains of Livability, created by the WHO, to organize and prioritize their work to become more livable for residents of all ages. The domains are: 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. Cities in the network work on five-year program cycles and evaluate and refine their progress at the end of each period. </p><p>"Joining the AARP network, along with our major investments in improved transportation and our friendly climate, put Phoenix in a position to be a national leader in livability for people of all ages," Councilwoman Williams said.</p><p>"For me, making our city friendly to residents of all ages is a passion. As the Chair of the campaign to pass Proposition 104, one of my priorities was improving access to transportation for our seniors. Now, by committing to follow through on national best practices in making our city age-friendly, our city can improve upon the work we've done and make us the most livable city in the country for older residents," Vice Mayor Gallego said. <br><br>The new staff position will facilitate the baseline assessment and creation of the plan, which requires the coordination and collaboration of multiple community stakeholders. In addition, the new staff position will help to identify action steps to ensure the goals of becoming an age-friendly community are met. This staffing model is similar to those used successfully for My Brother's Keeper, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking effort coordination and action plan development.<br> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div>10/25/2016 11:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405