The City of Newport has been named an Age Friendly Community by AARP, the nation’s leading advocacy group for older adults . This marks a momentous step in ensuring the city is focused on meeting the unique needs of the approximately 21.5 percent of Newport residents who are over the age of 60. Newport Daily news covered what particpation in this global movement means for the City and its residents HERE.
What does membership mean?
This designation demonstrates that the community’s elected leadership has made the commitment to actively work toward making their community a great place to live for people of all ages and involve older residents in that process. As the latest communities to sign on to the network (joining cities like Boston and Salem), Newport’s civic leaders will have access to global resources and information on age-friendly best practices, models of assessment and implementation, and the experiences of towns and cities around the world. Nearly 100 million people currently live in a state or municipality that has enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The network helps participating communities become great places for people of all ages by adopting core features of livability such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in civic and community activities. Learn more about how to join the network and make your community a bastion for healthy aging HERE.