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Making Our Cities Work for Older Adults



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Thriving in our own homes as we age is a natural desire of older adults. The idea of aging and thriving in place is going through a revolution as more organizations are developing improved options for later-life care. The Milken Institute is one of these, working with mayors’ offices around the country since 2014 to build awareness of the needs of older citizens.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has signed the Milken Institute’s Mayor’s Pledge, which states:

“To make our city work for older adults, I will take steps to:

  • Ensure that the well-being of our aging population is addressed by each department, agency and division in our city government.
  • Make our city safe, affordable and comfortable for older residents.
  • Provide older adults access to resources promoting health and wellness.
  • Support employment, entrepreneurship, education and other services to make our older residents more financially secure.
  • Offer housing options that suit the varied needs of our older population.
  • Improve access to transportation and mobility options for our older adults.”

Another Milken Institute initiative is the biennial “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report. This report ranks the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson area 44th out of 100 large metro cities, using 83 indicators important to age friendly environments. Among these are livability, health care, wellness, financial security, education, transportation, employment, housing, community engagement, etc.

Along with Mayor Hogsett, CICOA is committed to making our community work for an aging population, because a place that’s good for older adults is good for people of all ages. Thank you for joining us in this effort.