York County, Pennsylvania Print
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Lead Agency: Embracing Aging
Action Plan Download
York County developed its action plan under the lead of York County Community Foundation (YCCF), working with a local advisory committee and public, private, and nonprofit representatives and older adults from throughout county from various sectors outside traditional aging service providers. YCCF has focused on creating a county that is welcoming, equitable, inclusive, and respectful of all ages. The age-friendly initiative encourages policy changes that improve accessibility and broaden options on how and where to live, connects older adults with information, resources, tools, offers and guidance to help plan for or change the aging experience, addresses negative thinking about aging, which damages sense of self, shortens lifespans and limits opportunities to do the things older adults need and desire. YCCF sits at the tables of various community led initiatives and ensures that age-inclusive thinking is applied to work in other focus areas, such as downtown revitalization, workforce development, racial equity, economic development.
Action Plan Highlights
HousingIncrease the variety of quality, affordable, and safe age-friendly housing options.
Outdoor SpacesCreate more accessible outdoor spaces for older adults through the county Trail Towns program.
Health and Community ServicesFocus on dementia care by increasing educational resources, support services, and community awareness for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
Progress Report Download
York County's age-friendly progress report shows a focus on housing, outdoor spaces and buildings and transportation. The community has made zoning and code changes to allow more older-adult friendly housing developments and facilitate the building of Accessory Dwelling units to increase aging in place opportunities. To make outdoor areas more accessible to older adults the initiative has improved ADA-compliant access of trails, improved signage and crossings, and make downtown more walkable. In order to increase accessibility of services and destinations for older adults, the community has launched a ride chair program that is available at free or discounted rates. York County has worked with local businesses and organizations and a team of volunteers to help residents live more easily in their homes and communities.