Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development
What’s important to you? Do you have a game changing “Rock Star” idea that no one has ever contemplated? Tell us, we value your input.
The Age-Friendly Auburn Hills initiative officially takes off this Thursday, February 27th and the following Tuesday, March 4th with events that promise to be engaging.
The City wants to learn what you think an Age-Friendly Community should look like so that our town can become a better place to live, work, play, and age in the years to come.
As part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, we have heard some great ideas from all across the world over the past year. Such as,
- The Man Shed – A place where older men can get together to build something with a shared purpose. Project’s range in size from creating toys for children to constructing bus shelters for the community. The idea is based on sociological studies that find many males like to do things with others – not just talk. A big challenge with many men as they age is that they often become isolated and this program gives them a reason to come together.
- Age-Friendly Business Program – Understanding the economic value of seniors and that they can become loyal customers, many businesses are participating in proactive and voluntary certification programs that highlight their friendliness. Small things like putting stock on lower shelves, offering delivery services, and making font sizes larger on printed materials make a big difference and better serve older customers.
- Grandparent’s Park – One municipality decided to retrofit one of their public parks with equipment that both grandparents and their grandchildren can play together on. That type of interaction is priceless and we thought it was such a cool idea.
So, what’s your Rock Star idea? Even better yet, come tell us what you think in a safe, facilitated conversation about improving housing, transportation, and programs for seniors.
Come to one of our community conversations, listed below. All the events will start at 6:30 p.m. and last about two hours.
- Thursday, February 27 – Great Lakes Golf and Sports Complex – 3951 Joslyn Road
- Tuesday, March 4 – Auburn Hills Christian Center – 2592 E. Walton
- Wednesday, March 26 – Avondale R. Grant Graham Elementary – 2450 Old Salem Road
- Tuesday, April 1 – North Auburn Hills Baptist Church – 3889 N. Squirrel Road
- Wednesday, April 16 – Avondale High School – 2800 Waukegan
We would love to see you.