Placemaking is the process of creating quality places where people want to live, work, play, and learn. As the local stewards of Age-Friendly design for all communities in the Pikes Peak Region, we are able to provide an expert lens on the needs and opportunities of aging to support the collaborative work of placemaking. Our initiatives drive inclusive urban and rural design, so that no one ever ages out of access to all that our region has to offer.
Domains of Livability
Domains of Livability refers to the specific aspects of a community that contribute to the well-being and quality of life for older adults. These domains take into account the unique needs, preferences, and challenges that come with aging. As placemakers for aging, we create communities that are supportive and inclusive for residents of all ages.
The Age-Friendly Community Framework was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and includes the following domains:
1. Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
Ensuring that public spaces, sidewalks, and buildings are accessible, safe, and designed to accommodate the mobility and sensory needs of older adults. This may include features like ramps, handrails, seating areas, and appropriate lighting.
Providing reliable, affordable, and accessible transportation options that cater to the needs of older individuals, especially those who may have limited mobility or do not drive.
3. Respect and Social Inclusion
Fostering an age-friendly culture that values and respects older adults, avoiding ageism and promoting intergenerational interactions.
Ensuring that housing options are suitable and adaptable for older adults, with features like single-floor living, bathroom modifications, and accessibility aids to support aging in place.
5. Communication and Information
Ensuring that information and communication channels are accessible and inclusive for older individuals, including easy-to-understand language and technology support.
6. Civic Participation and Employment
Encouraging older adults to participate in community decision-making processes and providing opportunities for continued employment or volunteer work if desired.
7. Community Support and Health Services
Ensuring access to healthcare services, home care, and community support services to promote health and well-being among older residents.
8. Social Participation
Promoting opportunities for social engagement and participation in community activities to reduce social isolation and maintain social connections.
9. Outdoor Spaces and Recreation
Providing opportunities for physical activity and recreation tailored to the needs and abilities of older adults.
10. Emergency Preparedness
Developing plans and strategies to support older adults during emergencies and disasters, considering their specific needs and vulnerabilities.
Our current action plan, launched in 2023, was built with the collaborative input of diverse stakeholders throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Find out how your community can engage to achieve key priorities for aging and benefit from all the Age-Friendly Network of Communities has to offer.