Over the past several years we at Carlisle/Wortman Associates have advocated vigorously for plans and programs that accommodate people as they age, responding to the fact that, by 2040, 24% of the people in southeast Michigan will be age 65 or older. That number is even higher in some northern Michigan counties.
If you’re looking for a structured program to help you evaluate and improve your services to seniors (and, really, to everyone in your community), AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities might be just the ticket.
In Michigan, Auburn Hills, East Lansing, Highland Park, Lansing and Southfield have joined.
You don’t have to join the program to use their tools. The process is somewhat staff intensive, so, if you’re interested, we at CWA could manage it for you.
Here are some earlier blog posts on the subject of aging.