The Checklist Of Essential Features Of Age Friendly Cities

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The checklist of essential features of age-friendly cities is based on the results of a Global project organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) that took place in 33 cities all over 22 various countries. The age-friendly checklist is a useful tool for independent cities to self-assess possible deficiencies and chart progress in improving the overall environment for elder citizens. The 8 major categories featured in the checklist are: 
(1) Respect and social inclusion Outdoor space and buildings, (2) Communication and information transportation (3) Civic Participation and Employment (4) Social participation, 
(5) Housing (6) Transportation (7) Outdoor spaces and buildings (8) Community and Health services. The age-friendly checklist if used properly can improve the living conditions of older adults by allowing them to be full partners in society through the reduction of barriers and isolation from their communities all while facilitating them through the active aging process.1 Texas is home to more than 25 million people; approximately 15 percent of the population is age 60 or over. The U.S Census Bureau estimates that by the year 2030, 25 percent of Texas will be age 60 or over.2 There are major factors that have contributed to the increasing older adult population including the rise of the baby boomer generation and higher life expectancy rates resulting from improvements in health care accessibility and technological advances. Proper planning and policies are needed to ensure adequate resources and the best quality of life for older citizens in the state. The utilization of the checklist by legislators and stakeholders greatly contributes to the goal of building age-friendly cities throughout the state of Texas. ... ... middle of paper ... ...n spaces and outdoor seating must be provided to senior citizens. Mansfield, Texas recently built two serene nature parks for older adults to utilize for exercise and enjoyment. The city also has a luxurious country club with a massive golf course where many retirees take lessons during free time. Community and Health Services assures that the elderly have access to the social and health services to support independence, functionality, and the best quality of life possible. Texas has partnered with Centers for Medicaid and Medicare services to provide health coverage to the older adult, low-income, and disabled population. In Dallas, Texas there is a significant shortage of primary care physicians, 70 PCPs per 100,000 residents, available to treat older adults. Also, declining Medicaid rates, have resulted in fewer physicians willing to accept Medicare patients.9
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