Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Southfield United States of America
The City of Southfield has a history of supporting the needs of senior adults. The Commission on Senior Adults (COSA) has been in existence for over twenty-five years and was established to provide a voice for seniors in the community. It is COSA that decided to pursue the designation as an age-friendly community. This direction has been strongly supported by the Mayor and City Council as demonstrated by the issuance of a joint resolution to pursue the designation. Community policies targeted toward older people include establishment of a Senior Activity Center in the Parks and Recreation Department which provides extensive outreach to the senior adults in Southfield. The recently developed Master Plan for the City Parks and Recreation Department included the need to address the needs of seniors. In addition, the Human Services coordinator provides many direct services to seniors and facilitates delivery of direct services by other organizations, including the Michigan Department of Human Services, local churches, The Heat and Warmth Fund, food banks, etc. There are a range of programs and services offered by the city including physical activity, field trips and space for AARP Chapter meetings. The City of Southfield plans to become more age-friendly by listening to the residents, businesses, educational, health and other stakeholders who have ideas about improving the quality of life for senior adults (and all residents) in the city. COSA will assume responsibility for leading the process of the SWOT analysis, incorporating results from the responses to the AARP survey (which the City of Southfield has on its website), community meetings and other conversations. Southfield is committed to becoming more age friendly through making changes in areas throughout city government and encouraging the non-governmental partners to endorse the direction which results from the planning phase of the designation process.