Sponsoring Age Friendly Columbus

Age Friendly Columbus

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) is one of the sponsors for Age-Friendly Columbus which is a citywide initiative geared toward ensuring that older adults can live independently in their homes and communities.  Fran Ryan, who is a COAAA older adult advocate, serves as the co-chair on the Age Friendly Columbus Advisory Council.  COAAA staff serve on many of the issues subcommittees. 

The Age-Friendly Columbus initiative will be a two year assessment of the age friendliness of Columbus.  Field work, research and outreach will be used to gather data.  Information compiled from the study will be used as the basis to develop a plan to make Columbus an age-friendly city. 

The assessment will use the principals of an age-friendly city that are outlined by AARP in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO).  The criteria used to describe an age-friendly community include accessibility of key services to seniors, better housing and transportation options and safe, walkable streets. 

The assessment comes at an important time because the 65 and older population in Central Ohio is expected to double in the next 35 years according to the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s insigth2050 report.

Age-Friendly Columbus is supported and funded by The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, the Franklin County Office on Aging, The Columbus Foundation; National Church Residences, and AARP Ohio.

AARP Introduction to Network of Age-Friendly Communities

Toward an Age-Friendly World-World Health Organization