AARP Names Florida as an Age-Friendly State, Gov. DeSantis Calls it a Significant Step
By Sunshine State News // April 24, 2019
fourth state to join AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities
(SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – Florida has become the fourth state to join the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins announced on Tuesday that Florida has been designated by the AARP as an Age-Friendly State.
“Florida’s designation as an Age-Friendly State demonstrates Florida’s commitment to building livable communities that enrich the lives of people of all ages,” the governor’s office noted. “Member states develop and implement plans that address any or all of the eight Age-Friendly domains: Transportation, Housing, Public Spaces, Respect and Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, Social Participation, Community and Health Services, and Communication and Information.”
“In Florida, we are taking tangible steps to make our state more livable for residents of all ages – especially our senior population,” said DeSantis. “As our state continues to grow, we must ensure that we do all that we can to meet the needs of our residents. I am proud that Florida is leading by becoming the largest state to commit to this important effort.”
“Florida joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities is a very significant step in the growing movement to make communities more livable, for people of all ages,” said Jenkins. “We want to thank Gov. DeSantis, Lt. Gov. Nunez and Elder Affairs Secretary Prudom for their leadership on this important issue.”
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