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Age-Friendly Guiding Principle: Longevity & Well-being Throughout the Life Course

Posted on November 23, 2016 | by Kathy Black
Age-Friendly Guiding Principle: Longevity & Well-being Throughout the Life Course

Age-Friendly Sarasota is an initiative designed to foster active, healthy, and engaged living to enhance Longevity & Well-being throughout the Life Course — a guiding principle — representing the second “L” in our tagline: “FOR ALL AGES.”

Longevity typically refers to an individual’s length of life and particularly, extended duration of an individual life. However, collectively, it refers to the demographic aging of society, and that’s all of us!

Well-being is defined as a state of being comfortable, happy, or healthy.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has previously described well-being and health interchangeably, as in their 1947 definition of “Health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."  This definition recognizes the importance of health and well-being in all areas of life.

Life Course denotes an individual's passage through life and is viewed as a sequence of significant life events including birth, marriage, parenthood, divorce, and retirement. This perspective recognizes that experiences faced earlier in life may impact us in our later years — this includes both intrinsic factors such as our genetics as well extrinsic factors such as the neighborhoods in which we reside.

Age-friendly communities focus efforts on the eight domains of livability (see below) impacting our communities and also recognize the interdependence between earlier life experiences as well. Age-Friendly Sarasota embraces a Life Course approach to promoting health, well-being, and longevity for all residents throughout the community.

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