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An action plan is based on the results of community surveys identifying needs within the 8 Domains of Livability that influence the health and quality of life of older adults. While there is flexibility in how a plan is created and what it will do, every action plan includes a statement about what can be achieved, target dates for goal completion, identification of participating organizations and indicators to measure progress. The action plan is an "active" rather than static document. Revisions and amendments are a sign of program improvement and progress.
Action Plan Highlights
HousingThe plan supports aging-in-community by creating a toolkit for homeowners, coordinating an awareness campaign, and collaborating with partners to provide accessible resources. It emphasizes financial planning for older adults and aims to develop or promote an online resource library. The plan expands age-friendly housing by identifying key stakeholders, training champions in planning and zoning, reviewing zoning codes and HOA standards, and hosting networking events. It also advocates for innovative housing solutions such as ADUs, modular designs, and 3D-printed homes. Additionally, it expands home modifications and rehabilitations through community partnerships.
Health and Community ServicesThe Age-Friendly Pikes Peak action plan aims to elevate the role of caregivers and ensure access to health and wellness services for the elderly. Strategies include streamlining services for caregivers, developing a caregiver network, and conducting research on caregiving models. Efforts are also being made to expand dementia-friendly initiatives, predict future healthcare needs, and promote gerontechnology. The plan additionally seeks to reimagine wellness through the development of mental health first aid training for different communities, broadening fitness programs, creating Age-Friendly messaging, and expanding wellness class partnerships.
Outdoor SpacesThe Age-Friendly Pikes Peak action plan aims to make outdoor spaces more accessible and inviting for all ages. This involves collaborating with Parks and Recreation to improve accessibility, conducting safety and accessibility audits, evaluating Panorama Park as an intergenerational destination, and having an Age-Friendly champion on Trails and Open Spaces and Parks and Recreation committees. The plan also includes partnering with various community organizations to understand how older adults and diverse cultures engage with outdoor spaces, and piloting intergenerational community gardens with Pikes Peak Urban Gardens.