Age Friendly Erie County (AFEC) is a collaborative initiative of local organizations in Western New York committed to creating a vibrant, inclusive community for residents to grow up and grow old. The initiative is facilitated by the Erie County Department of Senior Services, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at the University at Buffalo, and AARP.
The goal of the Age Friendly Communities Erie County Initiative is to connect the numerous local efforts already contributing to an improved quality of life for the aging population in Erie County in order to create a unified and dynamic network dedicated to ensuring a prosperous future for Erie County residents throughout their lifespans.
In September 2014, AARP recognized Erie County’s commitment to becoming an “Age-Friendly Community”, part of a nationwide initiative focused on community improvements that benefit older adults and all generations of residents. Joining AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities will provide Erie County with a framework to establish new community partnership, pursue future funding opportunities, and share information and best practices with other communities that have made similar commitments to creating more age-friendly spaces for their residents.
Since enrolling in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Erie County will spend the next two years developing an action plan to identify issues influencing the health and quality of life of older adults and residents of all ages. Representatives from over 90 local organizations participated in the Age Friendly Erie County Needs Assessment Workshop in February 2015 to kick off planning efforts.
Join the AFEC Network of Community Partners to become more connected with others committed to creating a vibrant, inclusive community for residents to grow up and grow old.
Tell us about a project you are working on to make Erie County an easier, friendlier, and healthier place to live for all residents.