Age-Friendly Florida

In the fall of 2016, Age-Friendly Sarasota — the first community in Florida to join the World Health Organization’s Global Network and AARP’s National Network of Age-Friendly Communities — hosted age-friendly communities throughout the state in a Sharing Symposium supported by The Patterson Foundation.
group photo of "Age-Friendly Sharing Symposium" attendees
Partnering with AARP Florida, connecting, learning, and sharing took center stage at the two-day event. Sessions included “Weaving age-friendly into the fabric of your community,” “Sharing promising practices,” and “Together co-creating an age-friendly Florida.” Synergy flowed as each community shared their own goals, accomplishments, and challenges.
Most importantly, an Age-Friendly Florida Network emerged under the coordination and support of AARP Florida — setting a model for the rest of the country. Collectively our communities are now becoming part of the solution, pioneering new ways to address the challenges ahead. Age-Friendly Florida is building upon our communities’ assets and aspirations to optimize active, healthy, and engaged living for all ages. As communities and individuals, in the self-declared epicenter of an aging world, we can have lasting positive influence and impact on the longevity revolution as we take responsibility and action for shaping our common future.

As of January 2019, there are 23 Florida communities designated by AARP as Age-Friendly with more to come.

To learn more about Age-Friendly Florida, contact:
Laura Cantwell
Associate State Director of Advocacy & Outreach
AARP Florida
Age-Friendly communities in Florida speak about the longevity revolution and the importance of an Age-Friendly Florida network
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