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Meet Miami-Dade County

Posted on 01/21/19 by Taylor Young

As the 125th community to become a member of the AARP Age-Friendly Network, Miami-Dade County shines bright in south Florida.

The county has implemented plenty of programs for seniors of all interests. The active adults program, whose goal is maintain and improve the health and well-being of older adults by engaging the body, mind and spirit. Some of the activities they engage in include cardio fitness, tai chi, yoga, Zumba, and field trips. The county also has three specialized senior centers, the Haitian American Senior center, which provides social, educational, and recreational activities to the elderly in Little Haiti. There is the Miami Gardens Senior Focal Point Center and Jack Orr Senior Center, which was designed to serve both independent and homebound seniors. This center offers recreational activities, information on the city, caregiver assistance, and emergency home energy assistance (EHEAEP).

To fully address the aging of its residents, the county created the Miami-Dade County Age Friendly Initiative, collaborative effort focused on sustainable changes and efforts in order to create a community where older adults of all ages can stay active, engaged, and healthy with dignity and enjoyment.

Miami-Dade has the largest population of older adults in the State of Florida with over half a million older adults age 60 and over in the county; and that population is expected to continue to grow to more than 800,000 by 2040, representing 25 percent of the total population of Miami-Dade County. But, most communities were not built for this shift in demographics.

The county’s economies, policies, and communities were not built to accommodate an aging population or aging in place. How well Miami-Dade responds to the aging phenomenon and meets the needs of older adults will depend on how well they prepare our communities to do so, and how they can work collectively toward sustainable change to ensure our community is a place where people of all ages can live with the quality of life that they need and deserve.

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