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Meet the City of Miami

Posted on 01/21/19 by Taylor Young

With more than 50 miles of beaches, Miami is one of the top vacations destinations in the country. Life in Miami is full of adventures like taking a trip to South Beach and visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens or experiencing the Latin and Caribbean culture with ballroom dancing. Away from beaches, the southern city you can visit the Miami Zoo, Art Deco walking tour, or go fishing.

But did you know that 16 percent of Miami’s population is older than 60, which is higher than the national average.  The city offers a wide range of advantages for older adults. There are four locations of parks for programs for seniors to socialize, get fit, play games, and take computer classes. Seniors are also able to receive free transportation on the Miami transportation, which is open to all residents. The city of Miami hopes to build community that is livable for all ages and abilities, to work towards this, they have more than 4,000 public housing units dedicated senior living.

Miami firmly believes that seniors play an essential role in their community, provide insight on the political and cultural heritage of the city, and offer a unique perspective to succeeding generation. The city has been developing a Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, which will be an advisory committee to assist the city commission in responding to the needs of Miami’s senior citizens. The city, in collaboration with Miami-Dade County, formed an Age-Friendly Initiative to focus on sustaining the changes in our communities where older adults 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 adults aged 60 and over in the county; and that population is expected to increase. Most communities were not built for this shift in demographics. Our economies, policies and communities were not built to accommodate an aging population or aging culture. How well the city and county responds to the aging phenomenon and meet the needs of older adults will depend on how well they prepare the communities to do so, and how they can work collectively towards sustainable change to ensure their community is a place where people of all ages can live with the quality of life they need and deserve.

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