|Published online: June 28, 2016||Free Download|
As the world’s population continues to grow older, many communities are seeking to enhance the experience of daily life via age-friendly approaches. This paper recounts the development of an age-friendly community that began with the findings from a study that sought to enhance aging with dignity and independence in a southeastern United States community in which one-third of the residents are age sixty-five or older. Findings revealed six “actionable” themes: (1) Meaningful Involvement; (2) Aging in Place; (3) Respect and Inclusion; (4) Communication and Information; (5) Transportation and Mobility; and (6) Health and Well-being. The findings were independently aligned with the World Health Organization’s eight domains of livability and served to propel efforts toward the creation of the global age-friendly community designation. Research approaches are explicated, and programmatic efforts aimed at enhancing practice change on both individual and organization levels are presented.
|Keywords:||Community-based Participatory Research, Qualitative Methods, Program Development|
Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, Sarasota, Florida, USA
Professor, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA