New Survey Seeks Community Input on Making Berea More “Age-Friendly”

City of Berea
City of Berea

Berea Mayor Steve Connelly and a group of local representatives have launched the Berea Age-Friendly Survey 2015 to gather public input on making the city more Age-Friendly. The survey is available online at http://bit.ly/AgeFriendlyBerea. More information and a downloadable print version of the survey is available on the City of Berea website www.bereaky.gov

Community input is a vital step in the Age-Friendlycommunities’ process. Once completedthe needs of all residents are used to promote a more livable community where all residents feel safe and included.

Mayor Steve Connelly saidthat is committed to promoting policies so that Berea residentsof all ages have the resources to be healthy, independent and integrated into community life.“This partnership effort goes hand-in-hand with our vision to build a better Berea for everyone,” Connelly said. “We look forward to working with the local work group spearheaded by Jeff Rubin, local Berea volunteers and AARP Kentucky to ensure that our community has the appropriate infrastructure in place so we can all age with dignity.”

Once completed, the Berea Age-Friendly Survey will help shape aplan of action for the city’s future. Working closely with local Berea leaders, city officials, community partners and volunteers the goal is to make the community more livable for residents of all ages.Completing the online survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and residents have the option of answering open-ended questions to provide more personal experience.

According to AARP Kentucky Associate State Director Scott Wegenast, “AARP believes independence does not diminish with age, which is why we’re encouraging cities like Berea to connect with the growing network of Age-Friendly Communities. An effort like this one not only encourages a healthy living environment, but also creates great places for all ages to live.”

By participating in the national network of communities, Berea is committed to:
• Providing mechanisms to enhance the active engagement of older adults;
• Establish an Action Plan that responds to the community’s needs identified in the survey;
• Measuring Age-Friendly activities, evaluating the Action Plan outcomes and sharing them publicly.

The Berea Age-Friendly Survey is online now: http://bit.ly/AgeFriendlyBerea

For more information on getting involved contact Jeff Rubin in Berea at [email protected] and more on Livable Communities and Age-Friendly Cities is available – www.aarp.org/livable

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