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
This is a guest post by Nancy LeaMond of AARP. In the above photo, hackers and community members collaborate during the City of Seattle’s “City for All” technology hackathon. (Credit: Michael B. Maine) In his address at Harvard University’s 2017 commencement ceremony, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “Change starts local. Even global changes start small