A how-to on meeting retirees’ needs
A survey released last year by the Washington-based National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) indicated that most cities and counties are not prepared to offer services to the upcoming wave of retiring baby boomers. Now, n4a, the Washington-based Partners for Livable Communities and the New York-based MetLife Foundation, have published the “Blueprint for Action: Developing a Livable Community for All Ages,” a compendium of strategies for meeting retirees’ needs. The blueprint offers tips on housing, transportation, health and supportive services, public safety and lifelong learning. “Early recognition of the impact that the aging boom will have upon communities of all shapes and sizes will enable government agencies to better plan for the future and identify new opportunities that will meet these needs,” says n4a CEO Sandy Markwood. The Washington-based International City/County Management Association, National League of Cities and National Association of Counties contributed to the publication. “Blueprint for Action” is available at www.n4a.org.