As the Idaho population continues to grow, and people are staying healthy and active longer, a new reality for communities across the Gem State continues to emerge. To help meet this challenge, Malad City has announced their membership into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
This initiative helps participating communities become even better places to live by adopting such features as walkable streets; increased housing and transportation options; improved access to services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.
“We are thrilled Malad City has joined the Network of Age Friendly States and Communities,” said AARP Idaho state director Lupe Wissel. “Rural communities in Idaho are recognizing the opportunity to meet the needs of an aging population while supporting the growth of younger generations. It is this type of leadership and vision that will enable the City of Malad to create, transform and expand services that are beneficial to everyone.”
Communities participating in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities commit to improving their livability through an assessment of needs, development of an action plan, and implementation of new projects and programs with the involvement of residents of all ages.
Well-designed, livable communities promote health and sustain economic growth, while continuing to make residents of all ages happier and healthier.
Other participating cities in Idaho include Boise (2018), Meridian (2021), Nampa (2022) and Preston (2022).
About the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities
Established in April 2012, membership in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, does not mean AARP is endorsing any of the following municipalities as a place to live. Nor does it mean the community or state listed is currently "age-friendly." What membership does means is that the community's elected leadership has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city, county or state a great place to live for people of all ages. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities encourages states, cities, towns and counties 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. By doing so, these communities are better equipped to become great places, and even lifelong homes, for people of all ages.
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