Friends of Newtown Seniors proposes that Newtown join the Age Friendly communities around the world
In 2007 the World Health Organization (WHO) along with AARP proposed a process for the recognition of communities around the world as Age Friendly Communities. Friends of Newtown Seniors (FONS) has reached out to the town of Newtown in an effort to begin this process of recognition for Newtown.
There are currently no Age friendly Communities recognized in the State of Connecticut. The benefits of membership in the Age Friendly Community Program include:
- Access to a global network of participating communities, as well as aging and civil society experts
- Access to key information about the program, such as the latest news and information about best practices, events, results, challenges and new initiatives
- Opportunities for partnerships with other cities, both domestic and international
- Mentoring and peer-review evaluation by member cities
- Public recognition of the community’s commitment to become more age-friendly
- Speaking engagements at conferences and events hosted by AARP and promotion through AARP’s media channels
There is no fee to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
Newtown is exploring the possibility of becoming an age friendly community joining 38 communities across the United States and many more across the world. There are four phases to this process. 1. Plan, 2. Complete a baseline assessment, 3. implementation and evaluation and 4. continuous improvement. We hope to enter phase 1 this winter with a conference including all of the municipal, private and business agencies and companies that provide help and support to the Newtown Senior community. We will update you on progress in this newsletter.