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Age-Friendly Baltimore County

County Executive Johnny Olszewski and the Baltimore County Department of Aging are excited to announce their new initiative, Age-Friendly Baltimore County. This initiative will focus on improving the quality of living for all County residents that want to live, work, play and age in our County.

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities is the United States affiliate of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization. The program has participating communities in more than 20 nations, as well as 10 affiliates representing more than 1,000 communities.

What Does Age-Friendly Mean?

  • It is a community that enables people of all ages and abilities to actively participate in community activities and treats people with respect, regardless of age.
  • It is a place—city, town, county, state—that makes it easy for older people to stay connected to people that are important to them and their communities.
  • It helps people stay healthy and active regardless of their abilities and age, and provides appropriate support to those who can no longer look after themselves.

There are eight domains that AARP, based on the WHO’s work, suggests we work on:

  • Outdoor spaces
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communications and information
  • Community and health services

More Information

Please stay tuned for more information on the Age-Friendly Baltimore County initiative. We will be distributing surveys, hosting listening sessions and town hall meetings, and focus groups. We want to hear from all our communities in the County.

For more information or how to get involved, please email afbc@baltimorecountymd.gov or call Donna D. Neuworth, Special Projects Coordinator, at 410-887-7985.

 
Revised August 20, 2019         

 

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