Madison, Wisconsin Print
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Lead Agency: Madison Senior Center & Senior Services
Action Plan Download
Madison developed its action plan with the goal of engaging community members from all walks of life. The plan uses an equity lens to make sure that communities of color, low-income populations and other historically under-represented populations of older adults are truly represented in the work. The plan looks to increase age-friendly outdoor spaces and buildings, add accessibility and affordability of transportation and housing, provide ease of access to adequate long-term care services that help aging adults age in place and be protected against abuse, neglect and fraud, and promote activities to ensure social participation and inclusion in an effort to keep seniors active and engaged in the community.
Action Plan Highlights
HousingCreate more housing options for older adults by educating housing developers about the need for and benefit of universal design principles and support services when building new housing developments, advocating for state-wide accessibility policies for newly constructed housing units, exploring application updates to programs offering eviction support, property tax assistance, and rehabilitation loan programs to make accessing these programs easier for older adults, and assessing community needs with regard to missing middle housing.
TransportationProvide more transportation for older adults by exploring partnerships with community groups to provide coordinated alternatives to driving for special events and activities, expanding transit travel training and online trip planning training for older adults, increasing access to driver education classes for all older adults, including low-income residents, expanding separated walk and bike spaces on paths, and providing older adult cycle safety training.
Communication and InformationBroaden communications options by collaborating with older adult service providers to ensure resources are accessible for populations who need resources in different formats, for example different language, individuals who are vision or hearing impaired, or individuals with low literacy skills, and creating a more centralized resource database or resource sheet for older adult services.