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Cities Become More Age-friendly and Help Seniors Age in Place

The senior population is expected to double within the next 30 years. In order to prepare for this boom in the aging population, many American cities are already implementing changes that will make urban areas easier for older people to live in. Here are some examples of ways cities plan to become more senior-friendly:

•    Increased “seniors only” hours at public pools
•    Signs with bigger, bolder typeface that are easier to read for those with poor eye sight
•    Using idle school buses to shuttle seniors to the market
•    Availability of folding chairs in stores so that seniors can rest while they’re out shopping
•    Better access to public restrooms
•    Increased number of benches on streets and in other public areas
•    Modifications to street crossings
•    Replacing current taxi fleets with a boxier model that is easier for older riders and people with disabilities to get in and out of

Many seniors prefer to age in their own homes. However, a lack of senior-friendliness in cities has historically pushed seniors out of urban areas over teh past decades. The fact that city officials are already planning for ways to allows seniors to stay independent and age in place is truly comforting news! To learn more about cities’ efforts to prepare for the growing senior population read this article: http://azstarnet.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/article_5954a421-c31f-5e3f-bb60-529065792484.html#ixzz1Rp7z088x

 

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