Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Memphis United States of America
In 2019, Memphis will mark its third century. To address the needs of our citizens, we have begun a strategic planning process called Memphis 3.0. This is our first strategic planning process in over 40 years. Within this process we have been soliciting input from across our city divided into 14 districts. Within each district, we have sought the input of seniors across senior community service centers and town hall meetings in neighborhoods. This is a comprehensive process that will cover all areas of importance to our citizens. Memphis has also collaborated with Habitat for Humanity in sponsoring two Aging in Place housing repair programs. The City of Memphis with numerous partners and AARP has already developed a house with universal design. Our goal is to ensure our seniors may age in place and have the resources to remain healthy and independent. In addition to city government, there are a number of agencies (Aging Commission of the Mid-South, Creative Aging, Memphis InterFaith Association, Mid-South Food Bank, Meritan) in Memphis that provide services to 50+ populations. To engage and involve older people in the process of Memphis becoming age-friendly, we will engage seniors on city committees and the Memphis 3.0 strategic plan, establish a plan of action that responds to needs identified by older adults, and commit to metrics that measure our goals and review our outcomes. In all our efforts, we will be transparent in our accountability to our 50+ populations. Based on Memphis 3.0 plan, the city plans to initiate and facilitate mechanisms that will streamline the coordination of information and service delivery among the various agencies and city departments that work to improve the quality of life for our seniors.