City of Philadelphia Launches Age-Friendly Action Plan

Posted on 07/22/20

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The City of Philadelphia has publicly launched “Philadelphia: An Age-Friendly, Livable City for All”, a report which details a long-term vision to improve housing, transportation, and green spaces throughout the city for residents of all ages.

We are living through unprecedented times as Pennsylvanians grapple with and work to control the spread of COVID-19. We find ourselves spending more time at home and in our local communities. Our neighborhoods are where we care for our families, launch new businesses, and plan for the future. It is clear, now more than ever, that our communities must provide the space, services, and opportunities that people of all ages need to thrive. We must rethink how communities support people of all ages and abilities as they seek to live healthy, productive, and civically engaged lives.

Mayor Jim Kenney and others in his administration have been rethinking how to improve Philadelphia to make it a more livable city. And AARP has been right there, alongside Mayor Kenney and community stakeholders, to help. AARP has promoted local action to build communities where people of all ages can thrive. We work in partnership with residents, community leaders and public officials, providing resources, coalition building, and expertise.

In Philadelphia, we have formed the AARP Pennsylvania Livable Communities Network which is comprised of representatives from over 57 community-based organizations and city departments. The AARP Pennsylvania Livable Communities Network, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Commission on Aging, is laying out an action plan which includes recommendations on tangible, community-wide improvements needed to enhance the well-being of City residents.

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