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Joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network:
Lead Agency: The Ohio State University College of Social Work
Institute of higher education
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.
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Columbus and Franklin County's age-friendly progress report highlights new programs and an expansion in the capacity of existing programs through increased funding, integrating older adult volunteers and their "elder advisory council" into all their work. Columbus has encouraged local businesses to become more age-friendly by partnering with the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio to create a list of age-friendly certified businesses. The community has also prioritized increasing the walkability of sidewalks and streets through tactical urbanism projects and other streetscaping improvements. Columbus has also partnered with key local stakeholders to conduct workshops on eviction prevention, empowering older adults to age in place.