Last fall, the Reno Senior Citizen Advisory Committee voted to apply to become an Age-Friendly/ Livable Community through national AARP and the World Health Organization. We met with all our Reno council members and they passed a unanimous council resolution to apply for the program on June 6, 2018. We are proud to announce that on July 11, 2018, the City of Reno was certified as a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Soon we hope to obtain the support of the Washoe County Commission and the City Council of Sparks for a county-wide age-friendly initiative.
Reno will now start the two-year planning phase of the program, and we need community volunteers to join us. We are inviting a broad spectrum of community stakeholders from age 50+ residents, nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies and other community partners to join us at a town hall planning meeting hosted by all three senior advisory boards and the Washoe County Senior Coalition in early October 2018 at a time and place to be determined. The meeting will be facilitated and will have an agenda that includes brainstorming ideas that will start the process to identify our community assets and community priorities that will make Reno a more Age-Friendly/ Livable Community. Participants at the town hall meeting can then join the new Age Friendly Steering Committee which will choose its own beginning advisory board that will be community member driven and will meet on a regular basis to lead the group’s work. The Steering Committee will do a baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of the city, develop a 3year citywide plan of action based on assessment findings and identify indicators to monitor progress. AARP then gives us three years to implement and evaluate our action plan. Throughout the process we will receive resources, tools and guidance from AARP and the network of more than 250 other Age-Friendly Communities in the U.S. See https://www.aarp.org/livablecommunities/ for details.
Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency is hosting our online senior survey until December at www.tmrpa.org/seniorsurvey to gather opinions about how to make our community more age-friendly. If you have not taken it yet, please go to the website and give your opinions. We will also have the survey available at our Senior Fest table on September 4. Early results of the survey show that seniors are ranking Transportation, Housing, and Community Health & Services as their most important domains of livability.