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Novato Joins AARP's Network of Age-Friendly Communities
The City of Novato has earned recognition as an Age-Friendly Community in partnership with AARP's Network of Age-Friendly Communities and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities--an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapidly aging populations and the parallel trend of urbanization. Novato is now part of a network of communities that are committed to giving residents of all ages the opportunity to live rewarding, productive and safe lives.
“From our youth to our seniors, Novato is committed to residents of all ages,” said Novato Mayor Denise Athas. “Our City fosters initiatives that encourage our residents to live and thrive within our community. Age-Friendly communities are a win-win because communities unleashing the energies and contributions of younger, middle-aged and older adults create places that are better for us all. It takes advantage of the untapped potential of our most experienced citizens and finds new ways to engage all of our residents.”
Novato already implements a number of programs and initiatives that support age-friendly and healthy communities, and is committed to making improvements in AARP/WHO's eight domains that influence the health and quality of life for residents of all ages, including: outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and community support & health services.
“AARP is thrilled to have the City of Novato take action and join AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities,” stated AARP California State Director, Nancy McPherson. “Novato has joined arms with communities around the world to implement innovative and thoughtful strategies so that the community is livable for all ages that it serves. AARP looks forward to continuing age-friendly work with the City of Novato.”
Age-Friendly Novato Task Force is a citizen group of volunteers that worked towards achieving Novato's Age-Friendly Community designation, and will continue to work towards making Novato an even better place to live for all ages. Learn more about Age-Friendly Novato at novatoagefriendly.org.