Social Participation

Photo example – two women chatting at pickleball
Photo example – two musicians, a middle-aged man and an older woman, playing music together on stage
Photo example – people of all ages participating in a community beach race
  • “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.”
  • “Two can be as bad as one …,” but we all know that’s just not true. – Three Dog Night
One way to strive to build a lifelong age-friendly community is to be aware that not everybody has a number two. Being mindful to include older adults in our active social lives will foster positive images of aging, intergenerational understanding, and help break the stigma associated with growing old. Our community can evolve by demonstrating respect and social inclusion.

The Age-Friendly Sarasota County Action Plan includes the goals, objectives, and strategies for the "Social Participation" domain during the plan's implementation phase (June 2017 – May 2020).

How Can You Become Age-Friendly Today?

  • Help others learn about areas such as art, photography, technology, and health
  • Say hello to a stranger every day
  • Invite an older neighbor to join you for a walk at one of Sarasota County’s parks or for a swim
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors
  • Find ways for your children and grandchildren to listen to stories from older adults
  • Youth: volunteer at retirement communities; Adults & seniors: volunteer at schools
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