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.
With the full support of Sarasota County Government, 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 and is in the process of a two-year assessment (May 2015–May 2017) of Sarasota County's age-friendly assets. The assessment explores aspirations of Sarasota County's older residents (age 65 and older) and Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) — as they relate to the World Health Organization's 8 Domains of Livability.
As part of the assessment period, a community must undergo a research phase to determine what the community’s current age-friendly assets are and what the community aspirations are. Age-Friendly Sarasota did this through resident and provider surveys conducted from May 2015-March 2016. We are pleased to share the findings in our 2016 analysis: Age-Friendly Sarasota Community Report.
This research is being combined with the data collection of existing community assets by each domain of livability to create an action plan for next steps.
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.
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.
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.