We recently hosted domain workshops throughout Louisville to learn what our community believed our city needed in order to be a better place for people to live, work and play at every stage of life.Thank you to all who attended! Join our email list to stay connected with the next steps of creating an age-friendly city action plan.
Age-Friendly Domain Workshops Around Louisville
Housing is essential to safety and well-being in all phases of life. There is a link between appropriate housing and access to community and social services in influencing the independence and quality of life of older people. The housing domain includes issues of affordability, access to essential utilities and services, universal design, age-in-place modifications, maintenance, community integrations, housing options, and overall living environment.
Mobility & Access
Transportation, including accessible and affordable public transport, is a key factor influencing active aging. Elements of mobility and access are deeply integrated across all of the eight domains. Being able to move about the city determines social and civic participation and access to community and health services. This domain encompasses the availability and affordability of transportation, the reliability, and frequency of transportation, age-friendly vehicles, driving conditions, and parking. Age-Friendly Louisville has renamed the Transportation domain to “Mobility & Access” to reflect the broader meaning of transportation as the ability of an individual to comfortably move in and around their community.
Social Participation, Respect & Inclusion
Given the overlap between the Social Participation and Resect & Social Inclusion Age-Friendly domains, Age-Friendly Louisville has created a hybrid domain workgroup “Social Participation, Respect, & Inclusion” that addresses these concepts together. This workgroup will address the issues related to Social Participation, such as accessible and affordable social opportunities/activities, awareness of activities and events, isolation reduction, and intergenerational culture. From the Resect & Social Inclusion Domain, this workgroup will work to explore topics of (dis)respectful behavior, ageism and ignorance, intergenerational interactions and public education, place, and helpfulness in community and family, and economic inclusion. The extent to which older people are able to participate in the social, civic and economic life and feel respected and included are deeply connected to well-being throughout life.
Community Support & Health Services
Health and support services are vital to maintaining health and independence in the community. Central to this domain is the concept of service accessibility. This includes accessible and wide range healthcare services, aging-well services (i.e. disease prevention, preventative screenings, nutritional guidance, mental and health services), and affordable home care services. This domain also addresses issues of residential facilities for people unable to live at home, establishing a collaborative and effective network of community services, intergenerational volunteer opportunities, and older adult sensitivity training for emergency service providers.