Going National

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

As the baby-boom generation ages, communities from all over the country are working to prepare for the changing needs of their residents.  In Auburn Hills, planning for accessible housing options, transportation needs and other enhanced services officially began in 2013 with the City’s acceptance into the AARP’s Age-Friendly Community Network.

Age-Friendly Auburn Hills program leaders, Karen Adcock, Director of Senior Services and Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development, presented an overview of our Age-Friendly program yesterday to a registered webinar audience of over 400 city managers, city planners and senior services professionals from around the country.

Both Auburn Hills and San Antonio, Texas were invited to share their experiences in developing Age-Friendly programs in their respective cities.  Both communities discussed the processes of engaging their residents through community events, turning gathered information into action plans and finding partners and volunteers in the community to fill needs that municipalities may not be able to fill.

Karen and Steve talking about the Age-Friendly program at a community meeting last year.
Karen and Steve speaking about the Age-Friendly program at a community meeting last year.

The webinar, hosted by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) was designed to provide local governments with an overview of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and showcase how it has helped communities plan for the future.

Auburn Hills was honored to be selected for this opportunity.