By 2030, roughly three of every five people on the planet will live in cities. How prepared are cities to serve their older residents? Based on a newly released report, Age-Forward Cities for 2030, the answer seems to be: not very.
But, according to the report’s authors, Nora Super and Caroline Servat at the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, a few large and small U.S. cities get it and have launched practical initiatives to become more age-friendly. They include New York City, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, West Sacramento, Calif., Louisville, Kansas City, Mo., Washington, D.C., Chicago and Tampa, Fla.
“We’ve seen some progress, but many cities aren’t paying attention to aging,” said Super, senior director of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. Successful aging in America’s cities has been a major focus for the Center for the Future of Aging in recent years.
Added Servat, the Center’s associate director: “We found mayors rarely mentioned older adults in connection with the economic growth of their communities. That’s a missed opportunity.”
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