WHO Official to Speak at Age Friendly Albany County Gathering July 12

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy will host a stakeholders meeting for over 200 persons on Wednesday, July 12 for his Age Friendly Albany County initiative which he announced in October.  A WHO representative at the United Nations is scheduled to attend to make a presentation along with a state representative of AARP which leads the initiative in the United States for the WHO.   State officials will also provide a welcome and speak about Governor Cuomo’s goal to make New York State the first age friendly state in the country.  County leaders will discuss plans for the initiative.

The stakeholders meeting is the first large public meeting for the Age Friendly Albany County initiative.  The goal of the meeting is to discuss the initiative’s goals and the process that will be used as the initiative unfolds over a multi-year period.  A Community Council will be formed with representatives of the towns and municipalities in the county.  Committees will be formed from those interested persons regarding the eight “domains” of livability that the WHO has identified for an age friendly community.  The eight domains are:

  1.  Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
  2. Transportation
  3.  Housing
  4.  Social Participation
  5.   Respect and Social Inclusion
  6.   Civic Participation and Employment
  7.   Communication and Information
  8.  Community and Health Services

I am serving as co-chair of the initiative with Dr. Pat Binzer.  Tom Scharf is the director of the project for Albany County.

Mike Burgess