Long Beach Age-Friendly Initiative
In January 2018, the City of Long Beach made a public commitment to enhance the quality of life of residents as they age by joining AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. In response to the challenges and opportunities of our aging society, in recent decades, there has been a growing emphasis on making existing systems and structures more “age-friendly.” This approach acknowledges the importance of assessing the fit between individual needs and preferences with their surrounding environment.
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Parks,
Recreation & Marine, health plans, local non-profits, academia, and public and private leaders will convene the Long Beach Age-Friendly Consortium in the Summer/Fall 2018. The Consortium will be a body of dedicated professionals and leaders meeting across one Steering Committee and four workgroups to prepare for the growing aging population through innovative strategies to improve health outcomes and build communities that are committed to giving residents of all ages the opportunity to live rewarding, productive, and safe lives.
The Age-Friendly Consortium will help develop, implement and evaluate a multi-year Citywide Action Plan to better address the needs of older adults by ensuring structures and services are accessible and inclusive of older adults with varying needs and capacities.
The following are the five strategic focus areas of the Long Beach Age-Friendly Initiative. During 2019, the Age-Friendly Consortium will focus on only four of the five strategic focus areas.
Long Beach Age-Friendly Domains and Strategic Focus Areas
- Safety at Home and in the Community
- Quality of Life
*Housing is a critical strategic focus area among older adults that is currently being discussed as part of Everyone Home Long Beach. Designed to build on the City’s comprehensive homeless assistance and affordable housing efforts already underway, Everyone Home Long Beach will look at innovative approaches to provide new pathways into home and prevent residents of all ages from falling into homelessness.
Long Beach Healthy Aging Center
The Long Beach Healthy Aging Center was launched in May 2018. It promotes a city where older adults live healthy and fulfilling lives as they wish, and are recognized for their integral role in creating healthy and diverse communities for all to live in.
The Center accomplishes this in three primary ways:
- collaborating across City departments and with community organizations to create an Age-Friendly City of Long Beach, optimizing opportunities for health, social engagement and security to enhance quality of life as people age;
- coordinating older adult services provided by the City of Long Beach, County Agencies, and other organizations operating throughout Long Beach, to reduce overlap, identify gaps in services and leverage opportunities to increase access to services and supports; and
- providing intensive case management for adults ages 55 and older requiring special assistance to maximize overall physical, mental and social wellbeing.
The Healthy Aging Center is co-located at the Fourth Street Senior Center and coordinates closely with the Parks, Recreation & Marine Information and Referral services. The Healthy Aging Center provides public health nursing and social work services to older adults in need of supports by conducting home visits and connections to needed services. It was funded through one-time/one-year funding. The Health Department is working closely with its partners to build funding and service capacity for the Center.
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