An age-friendly community is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services.
In December 2019, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Office on Aging and Independence announced the launch of Age-Friendly Howard County, a three- to five-year plan to join the AARP network of age-friendly states and communities, an affiliate of the World Health Organization (WHO). Achieving this designation requires a focused effort to create a “livable” community which ensures that Howard County is a great place for all to grow up and grow older.
An age-friendly community respects everyone regardless of age or stage of life, and provides basic components that make it a safe place to grow old and grow up. Below are the eight domains of livability identified by AARP and the World Health Organization that help make a community age-friendly: