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Wayne for All Ages

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Wayne for All Ages Resource Center

Mayor Vergano is proud to announce the grand opening of the new Wayne for All Ages Resource Center on Oct. 3 at 10am in the Clubhouse at Captain Kilroy Park.

The population of the United States is rapidly aging, and Wayne Township is no exception. Currently, 26% or 1 in every 4 Wayne residents is 60 years of age and older. By joining the AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, we have signed on to a growing network of community leaders working to make their neighborhoods healthier and more equitable. As network members, we agreed to survey the “age-friendliness” of our community. We promised to use the survey data to create a baseline action plan. We are implementing that plan and will regularly evaluate and update it over the next few years.

Our action plan was created by analyzing survey results and matching them with the AARP’s 8 Domains of Livability. The livability domains influence all residents’ health and quality of life, particularly older adults. They include:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services

After reviewing the data, it led us to focus on transportation, social participation, communication and information, and community support and health services. Our focus will shift as we accomplish our goals and the needs of our community change.

A benefit of being part of the AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities is the ability to share ideas and best practices with other age-friendly alliances so we can bring the best possible services to our residents.

Wayne for All Ages task force will work to create partnerships to help reach our goals, collaborate with individuals and agencies to bring meaningful programs to our residents, and grow our task force to include a healthy representation of our community as a whole.