York County is committed to improve our community’s livability. As such, we are proud to be included in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, which is part of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.
A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources:
- enhance personal independence;
- allow residents to remain in their homes and communities as they age; and
- foster residents’ engagement in the community’s civic, economic, and social life.
Why is having an age-friendly community important?
People are living longer and are doing and spending more. They’re reimagining life beyond traditional retirement age and want to contribute and have purpose.
- 2/3 of all the people who have ever lived past the age of 65 in the entire history of the world are alive today!
- 36% of York Countians are age 55 and older; 16% are 65 and older.
- People age 55+ hold over 13,500 York County jobs and contribute almost $1 billion to our local economy.
- Older residents are financial drivers of local arts, cultural and social nonprofits.
- Older people offer years of valuable experiences as consumers, civic leaders, historians, employees, volunteers, parents/grandparents, all of which make York County a better community.
But our county’s infrastructure, policies, and thinking were designed for who we were 50 years ago, not who we are today, which creates barriers to living easily in our homes and communities.
- 83% of York County older adults live in homes they own.
- 76% of older people want to remain living in their current home/community as they age, yet our communities were designed for a “car driving public.”
- Houses weren’t built for aging in place. A majority lack livability features to maximize safety and comfort as one ages.
- 36% of York County older adults struggle to meet their basic needs. If in need of housing, they wait 2-4 years for one of the 1,998 affordable housing units for seniors. No new affordable housing for seniors has been developed in our county since 2010.
- 2/3 of York County municipalities don’t have regulations in place to support senior housing choices.
An age-friendly community works for all ages!
Embracing Aging convenes partners of all ages, across all sectors, to share, learn, and work together on system solutions to make York County both a great place to grow up and grow older.
Want to Get Involved?
Contact Cathy Bollinger, managing director of Embracing Aging to learn how you can help at [email protected].
For more information about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, visit https://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/network-age-friendly-communities/