Oakland, California Print
Joined the AARP Age-Friendly Network:
akland developed its action plan as a collaboration between the age-friendly commission, city staff and community members. Residents highlighted the need for healthy, fresh food a strong desire for effective communication and a lack of well-maintained and accessible parks, community centers, and other gathering places. The initiative is therefore focused on food security and access, secure housing, health, open space and recreation, as well as engaging community-based organizations to help older adults and ensuring that the voices of older adults are heard as an integral part of city planning decisions. The COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed the expansion of this work to also include a focus on older adult homelessness and civic engagement.
Action Plan Highlights
Health and Community ServicesPrioritize the health of older adults and their caregivers by ensuring access to nutritious food, advocating for additional healthcare workers that specialize in the health needs of older adults, and encouraging community centers to support the diverse needs of older adults.
HousingFocus on housing affordability and aging in place by developing and implementing a shared rental housing program to match older adults with roommates, and distributing information on vetted home repair service providers for home safety modifications.
Outdoor SpacesCreate parks that are accessible to people of all ages by promoting engagement and safety.