Age Friendly Anniversary

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One year ago, on March 8th 2016, Colorado Springs officially joined the Network of Age Friendly Communities! This day, marking our commitment to becoming a city that welcomes and supports people of all ages, was just the beginning.
Here’s a look back at that day as we accepted our certification:

In the last year we have made so much progress toward building a safer, healthier, and happier community for our residents, whether they are eight or eighty. Here are a few of our accomplishments:

  • Community surveys and meetings to assess current strengths and needs of seniors in our region
  • Drafting, approval, and release of the Age Friendly Report and Action Plan
  • Presentation of the Report and Action Plan to the Mayor
  • Kickoff celebration at Acacia Park, September 8th, 2016
  • The Livable Communities Forum, November 3rd, 2016
  • Age Friendly Business Certification with the Better Business Bureau
  • Launch of the ONEN iVillage in October, 2016
  • Project Visibility training hosted in Colorado Springs
  • Beginning of local work on the Conversation Project
  • Catalyzed collaboration of the Senior Center and Concrete Couch for intergenerational art programs
  • Monitoring Senior Center programming being implemented at local YMCAs
  • Encouraging development of the Senior Ambassador Program with Mountain Metro
  • Participation in community coalition to encourage our CDOT Commissioner to push for more multimodal transportation funding in Colorado Springs
  • Work with the Mayor to create a Commission on Aging, attached to City Council

Our City is more Age Friendly than it was a year ago, but we still have a lot of work to do. Thank you so much for your support so far- we couldn’t have done it without you! We look forward to working with you more as we implement the rest of the Age Friendly Action Plan!

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