Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, is home to the city of Pittsburgh and 1.2 million people—16.8 percent of whom are age 65 or older. Nearly half of the county’s residents age 75 or older live alone. The county and city each joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2015. This initiative, called Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, is
With about 750,000 residents, Seattle, Washington, is the largest city in Washington state and makes up almost half the population of King County. In February, the Seattle area became the first epicenter of COVID-19 cases in the United States. The city joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2016. The region’s age-friendly
A coastal city located 60 miles south of Boston, New Bedford, Massachusetts, was world-famous in the 19th century for the fleets of whaling ships sailing out of its port. It is home to about 95,000 people, 15 percent of whom are age 65 or older. New Bedford joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities
Maine is the nation’s most rural state, and like most communities there Bowdoinham is small (population: 3,000) with many older residents (median age 43.7). Bowdoin College is located just south in Brunswick. Bowdoinham joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2015 and named its local initiative Age-Friendly Bowdoinham. The Challenge “During the first few weeks
Located on the Gulf Coast, Sarasota County, Florida is home to about 415,000 people —roughly 56,000 in the city of Sarasota. The county has a median age of 56.5—one of the highest concentrations of older residents in the country, with 27 percent aged 65 or older. It joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2015.
Over 650,000 people reside in the city of Portland, Oregon which makes up the vast majority of the 900,00 people who reside in Multnomah County, home to about 800,000 people. In 2012, Portland was among a handful of US cities to participate in a global predecessor to the U.S.-based AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
By AARP Montclair, New Jersey—a generally upscale suburb 12 miles west of Manhattan— is home to 39,000 people, 20 percent of whom are age 60 or older. The township joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2015. Montclair’s age-friendly effort is called Lifelong Montclair. The Challenge “The most pressing issue we’re facing is a
By AARP With a population nearing 900,000, Columbus, Ohio, is the largest municipality in the state and 14th largest in the US. It is Ohio’s state capital as well as home to Ohio State University and headquarters for five Fortune 500 companies. Combined with the rest of Franklin County, the area is home to about
By AARP Georgetown is an island community of 1,000 near Bath and Boothbay Harbor. Consisting of eight separate villages, the town is classic Maine— home to boat builders, seafood shacks, retirees, and artists. Maine has the highest concentration of older residents of any state in the union, and the median age in Georgetown is 49.6. The
By AARP The Response When in-person senior programs were canceled in March, the Aging Well Initiative shifted their information services to local newspapers and social media along with launching the COVID-19 community monitoring dashboard — a one-stop-shop for accessing the county’s current case count and reporting symptoms. People can track how COVID-19 is spreading locally