Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Bowling Green United States of America
The Age-Friendly Bowling Green initiative seeks to make Bowling Green, KY a better place to grow old by promoting an “age-in-everything” lens across all aspects of city life. This hands-on community initiative asks the city’s public agencies, businesses, cultural, educational and religious institutions, community groups, and individuals to consider how changes to policy and practice can create a city more inclusive of older adults and more sensitive to their needs. We have trained two cohorts of “Citizen Experts” in our 50 over 50 Academy co-sponsored by the City of Bowling Green Neighborhood Services Division and AARP Kentucky. The Advisory Council, made up of primarily citizens over 60, has held over 40 community conversations to assess “what kind of community people would like to live in”, hosted a “Gathering of Experts” in August 2013 to learn from agencies who work with older adults and their families and supported new initiatives to better connect citizens with each other. A unique feature of the Age-Friendly Bowling Green Initiative is the integration of Western Kentucky University students in every aspect of this project. To date, several dozen undergraduates have helped to facilitate conversations, conduct interviews and provide support for citizen committee work.