AARP Michigan Welcomes the City of Detroit to the Age-Friendly Network, Efforts Support an Age-Friendly Michigan

Posted on 06/07/24 by Careena Eggleston

AARP Michigan is proud to announce the City of Detroit has officially joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. This significant milestone reflects the City's commitment to creating a more livable environment for residents of all ages, particularly its older adults. Detroit joins a growing movement of communities dedicated to enhancing the quality of life through thoughtful and inclusive urban planning.

"Detroit is home to many generations of families who are deeply connected to their community and it’s essential that we support their ability to age in place," said Paula D. Cunningham, AARP Michigan State Director. "Aging populations bring invaluable experience and economic contributions to our cities. Leaders must address the challenges that come with aging, ensuring communities are welcoming and accessible for everyone. We commend Mayor Duggan and City officials for joining the AARP Age-Friendly Network and their ongoing commitment to create a more livable community for all."

As part of the AARP Age-Friendly Network, Detroit will build on its existing programs and initiatives, such as the Senior Emergency Home Repair program, senior-specific recreational activities and improved paratransit services to further support its aging population. These efforts will be coordinated by the newly appointed Executive Governance Board for Seniors, ensuring resources and services are centralized and effectively managed.

The enrollment into the AARP Age-Friendly Network comes at a critical time, as the nation's demographics shift. By 2034, older adults are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. This shift underscores the importance of making communities more accessible and supportive for older adults.

“In Michigan, a person age 60 or older resides in 38% of all Michigan households and that percentage is predicted to grow,” added Cunningham. “We are grateful our leaders in Michigan have seen the importance of age-friendly transportation, services, housing and much more to make for healthier Michiganders and more economically vibrant communities.”

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities provides a structured process that guides change and serves as a catalyst to educate, encourage, promote and recognize improvements that benefit residents of all ages. Through its membership, Detroit will have access to national and global research, planning models and best practices to enhance livability. For more information about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, visit this page.

For media inquiries: Careena Eggleston,

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