Getting into action

Limestone's Purple Ladle Food Program

You don't have to see
the whole staircase,
just take the first step.

Martin Luther King, JR.

action to transform your community for aging

To make a community age-inclusive, a great place to live for every age, requires action to remove barriers to healthy, active, and engaged aging. Remember, we are all aging--from toddlers to centenarians. Lifelong Communities advocate for changes in policy, partner with other organizations to expand the scope and reach of existing programs, and develop programs, services, and activities that mobilize community assets to make a better place to live.

Now that you have learned about your community, it is time to plan for and make change. Many lifelong communities start by identifying a few quick win projects to show that they are serious about making meaningful change. 

It is important to not only make change but to spread the good word about what you are doing. Good communication ensures that municipal decision-makers, partners, and residents can get excited about the work you are doing.

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The action plan lays out a detailed approach meeting your goals and helps to keep everyone aligned in your work.

While it's often tempting to take on big projects at first, "quick wins" create needed momentum and excitement.

Don't forget to celebrate all of the progress your team makes as you step through your action plan!

For a bit of Inspiration....

Berwick for a Lifetime had to put some of their work on hold during the worst of COVID. This year, the team is re-energizing age-friendly. The first step is to engage residents of all ages  to raise awareness of their programs and to recruit needed volunteers. This video shows a snippet of the Meet and Bleat event, attended by more than 200 residents.