In May 2018 Arlington was accepted into the AARP/World Health Organization network of Age Friendly Communities. The Commission on Aging spent the time between 2018 and 2020 to identify key areas of focus to make Arlington even more Age Friendly. The Arlington Age Friendly Plan “Building An Age Friendly Community” is the result of this two years of effort by the Arlington County Commission on Aging, the Age Friendly Task Force and the staff of Arlington’s Aging & Disability Services Division. Upon approval by the County Board the Plan will be forwarded to AARP/World Health Organization for approval.
You can find the Arlington Age Friendly Plan located at Arlington Age Friendly Action Plan 2020 – 2023
If you would like to know more, or get involved, we invite you to attend a Commission meeting, or join one of the Committees. Meeting days and times can be found here.
For a map, directions, and transit options, visit the Human Services Center web page. Would your organization or group like to arrange for a speaker to share information on our programs and services? Contact the ADSD Speaker’s Bureau for more information.
Arlington’s Age Friendly Journey
In April 2018, Arlington became part of the network of Age-Friendly Communities through the World Health Organization and AARP Age-Friendly Communities. The Commission on Aging and Agency on Aging led the effort for Arlington to receive designation as an Age-friendly. An age-friendly community is welcoming and inclusive for all ages. It encourages people to stay healthy and active at every age and provides services and supports to those who need assistance to remain safe and independent in their communities. Age-friendly communities ensures the inclusion of older people in community activities and creates opportunities to connect older adults to issues that are important to them. They strive to reduce social isolation, increase community engagement and address social determinants of health such as equity, access to health care, safety, and social supports. The Arlington Age-Friendly Action plan provides the foundational structure for what matters most to the older adults in our community.
Elder Readiness Task Force
As baby boomers age, the number of elders in Arlington will more than double. The County Board charged the Elder Readiness Task Force in 2006 with assessing County readiness to meet the changing needs of a growing elder population. The Elder Readiness Plan is a blueprint for an inclusive, livable community that will be ready to meet the increased needs of the elder population expected over the next 25 years.
Task Force Reports
- Elder Readiness Plan 5 Year Update – 2012
- Elder Readiness Implementation Plan – 2007
- Elder Readiness Summary – 2006
- Elder Readiness Plan: Part I – Report – 2006
- Elder Readiness Plan: Part II – Recommendations – 2006
Demographic Profile of Older Adults in Arlington