What is Age-Friendly Worthington?
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.
The initiative is being led by a steering committee made up of community stakeholders, City staff, and older adults. In 2021, the Age-Friendly Steering Committee completed a community survey and several focus groups, allowing hundreds of community members to provide feedback on what it's like to age in Worthington.
The Age-Friendly Worthington Steering Committee has selected The Center for Community Solutions, an Ohio-based non-profit research organization with experience in age-friendly work in Ohio, to work closely with the Steering Committee and community at large in the development of an Age-Friendly Action Plan for the City. Building upon findings of the community assessment conducted last year and additional input to be gathered from residents, community partners, City staff and others in the coming months, the Action Plan will serve as a roadmap for enhancing the age-friendliness of our community. Stay tuned for ways to share your feedback about existing programs/initiatives and hear your ideas for how Age-Friendly Worthington could further impact and improve the quality of life for people of all ages.
Your feedback is needed as we develop the action plan. We will share preliminary results from the Age Friendly assessment and focus groups. Please plan on joining us for one of the upcoming community planning meetings.
May 22: 10:00 - 11:30am - Griswold Center
Sign up for Age-Friendly updates and information about opportunities to provide feedback be involved.
HAPPENING IN MAY
Upcoming Program at the Griswold Center
"Ageism, What is it & Why Does it Matter?"
May is Older Americans Month, and we're excited to celebrate it by hosting a community conversation on ageism. This year's theme, "Aging Unbound," encourages us to explore diverse aging experiences and combat stereotypes around aging. Beth Mirmelstein from the Community Relations Commission and Age-Friendly Worthington will lead this conversation at the Griswold Center, Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 6:30pm. During the event, she will discuss what ageism is and why it matters. Let's celebrate Older Americans Month and strive towards fostering an inclusive and age-friendly community!
Age-Friendly Resources and Links
The Worthington Community Relations Commission and Age-Friendly Steering Committee created this list of age friendly resources to help our community understand and learn about aging and how to embrace everyone regardless of age.
8 Domains of Livability
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.