Senior Friendly Cities, and what we need to do to make it happen
This is a list things that PESID members came up with in one of our polls.
- Public campaign to educate everyone on how to make communities more senior friendly
- Benches in large stores/sidewalks/more in parks and attractions
- Sensory overload is an issue in large stores, sound deadening materials
- Accessibility by wheelchair, walker, scooter, etc
- Ability to have groceries delivered to the home
Senior friendly cities would not be complete without…
- Better lighting in parking lots
- More handicap spaces in parking slots
- Senior transportation
Just when you think we’re finished we add more to the list of what is needed if we truly want senior friendly cities.
- More adult day care and senior centers
- Trips for seniors
- Senior apartment complex
- Use bigger fonts
- Involve elected officials and ask about grants for services
- Traffic lights that indicate how many seconds left to cross
Wait, there is more we’ll need if we are going to have senior friendly cities.
- Pacers to stand on line at the super market for those who like to get out and do their own shopping
- Discounted days or times of the day when seniors can enjoy discounts
- Home delivery of cooked lunches to those in need
- Stores in close proximity to senior housing
- Curb cuts for wheel chair, walker, and easy foot mobility
- Calling services for keeping in touch with seniors if they do not show for a regular program etc.
- Reverse mortgages for jumbo homes, condos and coops not just 1-4 family and some condos
- Doctors and other medical personnel who are willing to make house calls
- Educational seminars on topics affecting seniors
- Programs for high school students to pair up with a senior buddy just to talk and keep them up to date
- Utilize school buses for loops around the community
If you have more to add to what would be ideal for senior friendly cities please feel free to contribute to this post.