AARP is the largest national membership organization in the nation, with 38 million members — 600,000 right here in Colorado. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization advocates fiercely in Washington DC on behalf of seniors on issues like social security and health care, and for the past five years they’ve been working hard on establishing Age-Friendly Communities across the nation. There are currently 193 Age-Friendly, or Livable, Communities in the United States, with six in Colorado.
Colorado Springs is a real leader in this initiative, and is an officially designated Livable Community. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers submitted an application to AARP to join the Age-Friendly Communities Network, and that application was approved in 2015. Colorado Springs joined the network on March 8, 2016 in a ceremony at Colorado Springs City Council, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office, Innovations in Aging Collaborative and AARP Colorado.
According to the Innovations in Aging Collaborative, there are eight domains of livability: transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, community support and health services, and outdoor spaces and building. AARP is working tirelessly to ensure that seniors have safe access to these eight domains, which benefits not only seniors, but their families as well.
To learn more, visit AARP.org/livable-communities/