In 2016 the City of Tucson committed to becoming an age-friendly city through AARP and the World Health Organization (WHO). On May 7, Tucson's Mayor and Council will be considering a resolution to adopt the Age-Friendly Tucson Plan and become part of the AARP network of Age-Friendly Cities, of which we would be the first in the state!
This plan is broken into eight major sections: Outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community health services. Each area has the following goals:
Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
- Improve the quality, quantity, and accessibility of Parks and Recreation facilities.
- Incorporate a Complete Streets policy in transportation planning to include safe multi-modal transportation options throughout the City for residents of all ages.
- Improve transit and ride sharing services for older adults
- Provide a range of housing options available to older adults of all income levels and abilities.
- Support older adults and people with disabilities aging in place.
- Increase access and affordability for older adults to cultural activities that reflect the diversity of the City of Tucson.
- Increase information and access to activities that provide opportunities for older adults to socialize with peers and others in the community.
Respect and Social Inclusion
- Reduce ageism and increase respect for older adults and people of all ages in the community.
- Decrease social isolation among older adults and people of all ages in the community.
- Improve outreach and increase culturally appropriate services throughout the City of Tucson.
Civic Participation and Employment
- Support age-friendly business practices.
- Support and promote volunteer engagement opportunities for older adults.
Communication and Information
- Develop culturally informed, responsive, and accessible information and communications for older adults.
Community Health Services
- Increase services and supports that promote aging in place.
- Increase access to community-based health and social supports.
We need your help to get this plan approved. Contact City Council by clicking "Take Action." From there, you will be able either send a preformed letter or write one of your own to voice your support. Together we can make Tucson a more livable place for people of all ages.