Age-Friendly Sarasota

What Is AFS?

Age-Friendly Sarasota is a countywide effort in Florida to promote active, engaged, and healthy living for people of all ages. By learning and sharing about Sarasota County's age-friendly features and the aspirations of its residents, this initiative is amplifying and bringing enhancements to the community. These enhancements align with factors identified by the World Health Organization that influence the ability to live well at any age.

Age-Friendly Sarasota is part of the World Health Organization's Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, an effort that currently includes more than 1,400 communities in over 50 countries worldwide, benefiting more than 300 million people. It was the first community in Florida to be recognized as an age-friendly community by WHO and AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, a national affiliate of the global effort. Age-Friendly Sarasota is being advanced locally by Sarasota County Government. For additional information on this initiative, see FAQs about Age-Friendly Sarasota.
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Age-Friendly Sarasota officially launched in May 2015. This was a strong indicator that Sarasota was ready to begin a shift in culture and to help pioneer our region in the longevity revolution.

The community movement is well underway. Age-Friendly Sarasota initially completed a two-year assessment of Sarasota County's age-friendly assets (May 2015 – May 2017). The assessment explored aspirations of Sarasota County's residents as they relate to the World Health Organization's  8 Domains of Livability. Utilizing data from the assessment combined with data on existing community assets, the  Age-Friendly Sarasota County Action Plan was developed and shared with the community.


Age-Friendly Sarasota embraces the following as its driving philosophy for our community’s age-friendly movement:
Connect, Learn, Share, Evolve, and Strengthen
To truly create this movement, we must come together and connect as a community. We need to learn from each other, share experiences, and evolve to strengthen our community so that it is livable for all ages.
Active Aging
To reduce ageism, we must identify and pursue possibilities for the well-being and participation of people as they age, including the incorporation of intergenerational activities between youth and elders.
It Takes a Village
To develop our collective future, we must aspire to engage multiple community sectors — People, Business, Nonprofits, Government, and Media.
An Age-Friendly Movement
To foster a livable community for all ages, we must develop a comprehensive sustainability plan by addressing the 8 Domains of Livability.
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Guiding Principles

Age-Friendly Sarasota seeks to advance supportive social and physical environments that promote active, healthy and engaged living for persons across all ages and abilities in order to foster social, civic, and economic participation throughout the life course.

Age-Friendly Sarasota’s guiding principles summarize our approach to building upon our community’s assets and citizens’ aspirations to optimize active, healthy, and engaged living.
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