THE AGING IN PLACE/AGING IN COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN
FOR THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD 2016-2020
Aging in place is the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently
and comfortably for as long as possible, regardless of age, income or ability level.
A key goal of the City of West Hollywood’s Aging in Place/Aging in Community Five Year Strategic Plan (to view click here - Strategic Plan ) is to improve the quality of life for and maintain the health and well-being of older adults and of city residents who are moving forward in years. Currently, the city provides an array of services for its senior, at-risk and disabled community members; however, the scale of the needs for those aging in the city is growing along with the increase in the aging population. The city recognized that only forward thinking action could meet this challenge.
The Five Year Strategic Plan is designed with a social model, community-based approach to wellness. West Hollywood is a caring and supportive City where aging is embraced. Therefore, it has the vision that adults as they age are supported in ways that help them to remain in their homes, as much as possible. The City, as an age‐friendly community, is a place where older adults can age safely with health and dignity.
This vision will be achieved through a combination of:
- Activities that occur organically within the West Hollywood community involving neighbors, family, friends and other circles of support. Public funds and programs alone will never be able to address all the identified needs.
- Policies and programs established by the City that guide and direct successful aging in place and engage the community in the decision‐making process.
- Supports that are provided by other organizations, such as nonprofits, businesses, religious institutions, clubs, and other government organizations.
The strategies in the plan are based on the “eight domains of livability,” which are the essential features of age-friendly adapted from the World Health Organization standards that also correspond to the AARP livability program. Thus, the plan is part of an international model, which may be useful for the AARP or other government agencies to assess when reviewing regional or national progress on the challenges faced to provide successful aging policies and practices that result in improved health and welfare of older adults.
This five year plan is significant, not only for the outcomes that will result for West Hollywood residents and community members, but also in how it contributes to the conversations happening across municipalities in Southern California and the nation.
A SAMPLE AGING IN PLACE SURVEY IS VIEWABLE HERE: Aging in Place - Survey
Elizabeth Savage, Human Services & Rent Stabilization Director, firstname.lastname@example.org 323-848-6490
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