St. Louis County, Missouri Print
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Lead Agency: Office for Aging
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St. Louis County developed its action plan in collaboration with the Saint Louis County planning department. The action plan commits to respecting the urban and unincorporated areas of the county, making sure services are accessible to all residents, and ensuring that county departments benefit older adults. St. Louis County aims to improve the quality of life of its residents by reflecting the importance of individuals' health and wellbeing, and improving social interactions and civic participation.
Action Plan Highlights
Health and Community ServicesImprove health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized older adult communities by increasing access to primary care to improve respiratory and cardiovascular health outcomes.
TransportationPromote carpooling through a ride matching program for older adults through recreation and community centers with the goal of replicating the program at other locations.
HousingCreate new programs to facilitate home improvements for older adults such as a registry of vetted contractors, financial assistance programs, and apprenticeships with local trade schools to cut costs of construction and labor. Expand alternative housing options like housing and shared housing.
St Louis County's age-friendly progress report focuses on progress related to health and well-being, mobility and accessibility, and social and civil engagement. The initiative has updated community health disease profile data for the county, and added it to the Department of Public Health website. In partnership with Metro Transit, St. Louis County also completed a comprehensive analysis of the MetroBus system from the perspective of older adults. Input from transit users and the public, along with the information collected from the analysis, allowed Metro planners to identify enhancements to the transit system and develop a new service plan to improve the older adult customer experience, increase access to destinations throughout the system, and address the future mobility needs of the region. St. Louis has also created new programming to link young children with older adults to facilitate intergenerational opportunities, including establishing a Children's Garden Club and community gardens which provide intergenerational learning experience in gardening activities.