AARP adds Houston to its “Age-Friendly Communities” network.

Mar. 5, 2015Houston Public Media

Houston joins more than 40 communities throughout the U.S., including other major Texas cities, with the retiree advocacy group’s Age-Friendly Communities designation.

AARPTina Tran with AARP Texas said it means Houston commits to making the city more livable for seniors.

“Let’s say sidewalks is something that the community has identified that Houston really needs to work on,” she said. “So AARP will work with its community partners and the city to address whatever issues that make Houston more walkable.”

With the help of surveys and community meetings, AARP and the city will assess the needs of Houston’s elderly population and then make an action plan.

Barbara Lewis, who is retired from a job in higher education, knows what she would like to see.

“For me, aging in place is first,” she said. “Being able to maintain where we live with quality, with enough amenities around us. But that means also, with amenities, that means streets, transportation, just needs around us for care, healthcare.”

Once the action plan is completed after three years, the goal is to implement it within two years.