May is Older Americans Month and it is a great time to recognize the needs of this growing population. A collaborative effort between the State of North Carolina and AARP will help Coastal North Carolina become better prepared to meet the needs of an aging population.
A new statewide survey titled, “Age My Way NC,” is asking people 45 and older across the state to offer their thoughts on priorities for their communities, including safe and walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life.
Approximately 1.7 million North Carolinians are age 65 or older and that number is growing. By 2030, fully one-in-five will be older than 65 and for the first time ever, North Carolina will be comprised more of older adults than children.
Our area’s aging population has become a cause for concern. With more expected growth, the nature of urban and rural development, daily living, work, leisure, and retirement will have to change to keep pace.
And when it comes to making age-friendly improvements, what is good for older adults is also good for all residents. For example, better sidewalks and making areas more walkable not only improve health and mobility, they make our main street businesses more accessible, and can even increase property value. Age-friendly investments have returns for all ages.
Take the Survey
The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete but could help guide area development for the next 20 years or more. Lend your voice to how to make Coastal North Carolina communities livable for people of all ages. Visit https://hometownstrong.nc.gov/age-my-way-nc to take the survey.
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