In December 2014, the Cleveland Department of Aging was accepted into the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities (GNAFC). The following April, Cleveland joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Cleveland is now a part of a growing global movement of cities and communities that are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents by creating urban environments that foster health, active aging and the well-being of older adults. As a member of the GNAFC, Cleveland has committed to a multi-year process for assessing the age friendliness of the city, the development of a three year action plan, implementation, progress evaluation and continuous improvement of the city’s age friendliness. The Age-Friendly Cleveland assessment phase concluded in December 2015. Over one thousand older adult residents of Cleveland participated in the assessment process through a comprehensive mailed survey, an outreach survey and focus groups. The Age-Friendly Assessment report provides the foundation for the development of an Age-Friendly Action plan.
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