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Phoenix Adopts Age-Friendly Communities PlanPhoenix Adopts Age-Friendly Communities Plan<div class="ExternalClass5C6A611B7F224C9EA026BFF0604F6B44"><p>​Today the Phoenix City Council adopted the Age-Friendly Communities Action Plan, a strategic initiative that will help to ensure that Phoenix continues to be a good place to live for people of all ages, including older adults. Adoption of the plan is an essential element of Phoenix’s participation in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, part of an international effort to prepare for worldwide trends of population aging and urbanization.<br><br>“Phoenix is ready to hit the ground running as an AARP Age-Friendly City. With this action plan – developed from input from diverse community leaders and the leadership of Councilmembers Gallego and Williams – we can now begin executing strategies that further improve Phoenix’s unparalleled quality of life, for residents of all ages,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.<br><br>The action plan was developed by the city’s 19-member Age-Friendly Ad Hoc Committee, a group of community advocates and social service leaders co-chaired by Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams, District 1, and Phoenix City Councilwoman Kate Gallego, District 8. The Ad Hoc Committee focused on three areas: civic engagement, employment, and social participation. Each area includes both established goals and measurements to gauge success in addressing residents’ needs.</p><div>“Planning for the support and social participation of our older residents has always been a trademark of Phoenix’s superb human services,” said Councilwoman Williams. “This action plan takes what we already do, and improves on it by providing activities targeted to what people want, whether its technology access and learning opportunities, or broader offerings at the city’s senior centers.”<br><br></div><div>With the adoption of the plan, staff will start to work with City Council members and city departments to begin engaging residents in developing strategies for accomplishing each set of goals over the coming year.</div><div><br>“The city of Phoenix built a strong partnership with AARP as we worked to make sure the city’s Transportation 2050 plan served older adults,” said Councilwoman Gallego.  “After the voters approved the transportation plan, AARP challenged Phoenix to become an Age-Friendly Community. With today’s adoption of the Action Plan, we fulfill the promise of Phoenix for everyone.”</div><div><br>A copy of the report is available in the May 23 Phoenix City Council Policy agenda packet, starting on page 51:<br></div><div>https://www.phoenix.gov/cityclerksite/City​%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/5-23-17_PolicyAgenda.pdf.</div><div><br>Questions regarding the city’s Age-Friendly Communities Action Plan can be sent to Martin Whitfield, at martin.whitfield@phoenix.gov.</div><div><br></div></div>5/23/2017 11:00:00 PMMatthew Heil602-534-0108