An age-friendly city as one that is inclusive, accessible, and promotes active aging; a city that works for everyone of every age and ability.
In 2017, San Rafael became a member of the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. An Age-Friendly Community adapts the structures and services to be accessible and inclusive to older adults with varying needs and capacities – making it easy for them to stay active and connected to their friends and activities that are important to them, and providing appropriately for those who can no longer take care of themselves. The network provides excellent guidance, toolkits, keeps track of new and promising initiatives and supports communities in partnering with other communities in the network.
San Rafael's Age-Friendly Task Force recently completed a residents' survey and is analyzing the collated data and completing stakeholder interviews in July and August. The Task Force will then prepare an overview of the key findings and plan for a presentation at the September San Rafael City Council meeting. The Task Force plans to be working on the first draft of the San Rafael Age Friendly Strategic Plan by the end of 2019.
The Task Force would like to thank specific staff members for their work in the survey preparation and electronic distribution: Susan Andrade-Wax, Director of Community Services, and Catherine Quffa, Management Analyst. Special thank you to Joshua Alperin, Librarian services at Pickleweed for preparing the Spanish translation of the survey.