The evolution of the Sharing Symposium illustrates the power of connecting, learning, and sharing. Organizational leaders are joining the effort, working together for a common purpose, and helping it evolve and strengthen along the way. Visions, missions, and goals from multiple arenas are becoming aligned and interconnected. The age-friendly / livable community movement is moving beyond its initial organizational and geographic settings and it shows great promise in making our communities more livable #ForAllAges.
On April 23, 2019 Age-Friendly Sarasota’s home state, Florida, became the fourth (and largest) state to receive the age-friendly designation from AARP, after New York, Massachusetts, and Colorado.
With Florida’s new age-friendly statewide designation, the potential of the Florida network to share innovations from additional age-friendly communities has reached a new standard. With leadership at the governmental level through Age-Friendly Sarasota’s longtime partner, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the multitude of partner organizations and entities working within our state’s age-friendly communities will have an even greater ability to connect with one another, opening up new opportunities to learn, share and collaborate toward greater livability for people of all ages.
As of May 2019, there are 27 Florida communities designated by AARP as age-friendly with more to come.
To learn more about Age-Friendly Florida, the Age-Friendly Florida Network or the annual FL Sharing Symposiums, contact:Laura Cantwell