The Worthington community is committed to being a place that promotes successful aging and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. With this goal in mind, community partners are working together on the Age-Friendly Initiative to create and showcase community features and programs that impact the well-being of older adults and help make communities more livable for everyone.
A 14-person steering committee formed in late 2020 and is made up of community stakeholders, City staff, and older adults. They are working to organize the committee structure and launch the initiative with a research and assessment phase. This assessment phase will include surveys, focus groups, and evaluation of existing programs to understand needs that might exist in the Worthington community.
As a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, the community has access to a well-tested and resourced structure to guide the process. AARP’s 8 Domains of Livability provide an understanding of the age-friendliness of a community.