The City of West Sacramento has been certified as an Age-Friendly Community. The program encourages states, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults.“The heart of our strategy in West Sacramento is being a city which you can enjoy comfortably and vibrantly at every stage of life,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, “so we’re proud to be a catalyst as the first city in the region to enlist in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. We look forward to this exciting collaboration with AARP and other cities to assure that our town is age-friendly by design.”
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which operates under the auspices of the World Health Organization, helps participating cities and towns become great places to live by adopting such features as walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services, and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.
“Well-designed and livable communities help sustain economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages,” said AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson. “By joining in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Mayor Cabaldon and the City of West Sacramento are making a commitment to create a city that is an even greater place to live for people of all ages.”
Cities that join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities commit to a five-year program designed to improve their age-friendliness based upon the World Health Organization’s “8 Domains of Livability:”
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
- Social participation
- Respect and social inclusion
- Civic participation and employment
- Communication and information
- Community support and health services
Detailed information on the program, including components and timelines, can be found at www.aarp.org/livable-communities.