Forbes has published an article, "The Burgeoning Trend Of Age-Friendly States."

305 cities and towns have the AARP “Age-Friendly Community” designation, and they have been joined by three age-friendly states, New York, Massachusetts and Colorado, members of AARP's new Network of Age-Friendly States.

"On November 14, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to “improve health and well-being of New Yorkers across the lifespan.” Other states, such as New Hampshire, Rhode Island (which has the highest proportion of residents over 85), New Jersey, Tennessee, North Carolina and Oregon may follow."

The article describes what age-friendly means at a local level and what states and local agencies are doing to serve older people. For instance, Alice Bonner, Secretary of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Elder Affairs noted that, “we started with listening sessions across the state and asked people what are the biggest issues in aging for them.” 

To read the article, click here.
To read a related article in Home Health Care News, click here.
To go to AARP's Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, click here.
To go to the Age-Friendly Health Systems iniative, click here.