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Boise gets age-friendly status

Boise scored high for health, wellness and quality of life of older adults. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Boise city leaders recently launched a focused effort to create a livable community for people as they age.

Boise has joined AARP’s network of age-friendly communities, and is the first city in Idaho to become a member of the nationwide initiative.

“This distinction is a direct reflection of our mission to make Boise the most livable city in the country,” said Mayor David Bieter in a statement. “We’re excited to continue providing important programming and recreational opportunities for all residents, including those who visit the Dick Eardley Senior Center managed by Boise Parks and Recreation.”

AARP’s Age-Friendly Communities target improvements city-wide that influence the health, wellness and quality of life of older adults including:

  • Accessible outdoor spaces and buildings for recreation.
  • Safe and affordable modes of transportation (private and public transit).
  • A range of housing options for older residents, home-modification programs.
  • Social participation through access to leisure and cultural activities.
  • Programs that promote ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Access to technology that helps older people connect to community.
  • Access to homecare services, health clinics and wellness.

Age-friendly is a worldwide movement that was formalized by the World Health Organization in 2006. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities was launched in 2012 to support the effort in this country. To date, 336 U.S. communities and three states have committed to becoming age-friendly.

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