Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Matthews United States of America
The Town of Matthews completed a study In 2008, “Planning, Aging & Matthews: A Look At Matthews’ Preparation for an Aging Population”. The report directly quotes AARP’s definition of a livable community as “one that has affordable and appropriate housing, supportive community features and services, and adequate mobility options, which together facilitate personal independence and the engagement of residents in civic and social life.” The study goes on to say that creating this type of community is quite similar to creating a livable community for people of all ages. Already, Matthews is actively planning and/or building several new developments for the elder population and incorporating accessory dwelling units as a housing option. The Town is also active in connecting areas with greenways and sidewalks. Earlier this year, the Town adopted a Composite Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan to provide another mode of getting around other than by car. For those who still drive, the Levine Senior Center offers safety driver programs. The Center also assists in providing other forms of transportation and volunteer driver programs. The Town’s Farmers Market offers locally grown items to promote healthy eating, and the Matthews Help Center provides food/nutrition services to residents. Again, the Levine Senior Center provides valuable health and wellness classes, as well. The Town’s Crews Recreation Center is another great resource for cardiovascular exercise, as is the local YMCA branch.