Community Support and Health Services
At some point, every person of every age gets hurt, becomes ill or simply needs some help. While it's important that care be available nearby, it's essential that residents are able to access and afford the services required. This group will identify current resources and gaps in the community support and health services in the area.
- Healthy Aging Fact Sheet - This National Council on Aging fact sheet provides detailed statistical information about the most prevalent barriers to healthy aging among seniors and sheds light on programs that help older adults live healthier lives. (National Council on Aging)
- Planning for Healthy Living: The Next Challenge - In order to improve physical and mental health, reduce social pathology, and strengthen community "social immune systems," we must rebuild our sprawling suburbs and inner city neighborhoods so they support the development of face-to-face interaction and community in traffic-calmed streets and lively neighborhood squares. This article focuses on the extent to which existing planning leads to isolationism and social dysfunction. (International Making Cities Livable)
- Public Health and Age-Friendly Communities
- The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities offers state and local health departments a unique opportunity to build upon current public health efforts by extending the reach and expanding synergies among initiatives at the community level.
- Growing Smarter, Living Healthier: A Guide to Smart Growth and Active Aging - Age-friendly communities use Smart Growth principles (i.e. ensuring that development improves the community, environment, economy and public health) to become healthier places to grow old in — and better places for people of all ages. The guidebook discusses the basic principles of neighborhood and community design that foster aging in place and improve community livability. (Environmental Protection Agency)
- For more AARP Resources on Community Support and Health Services, visit their website.