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AARP official to speak on age-friendly communities

November 9, 2017

GREENWICH — As part of the Commission on Aging’s 2017-2018 Successful Aging: Health, Education and Wellness Series, AARP Senior Advisor Bill Armbruster is coming to Greenwich to talk about age-friendly communities.

Armbruster, also advisor to the town’s Age-Friendly Greenwich initiative, will speak at the event “A Vision for the Future: Age-Friendly Greenwich,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium about what the town is doing to enhance the livability index for Greenwich seniors and all residents. Experts predict that, by 2020, nearly 20 percent of residents will be 65 years old or older.

“The livability index of a community considers the extent to which residents can age in place, and continue to take part in the vibrant community they love and know as they age,” said Commisson on Aging Director Lori Contadino. “The Town of Greenwich is the first community in the State of Connecticut to be accepted as a member in the AARP and World Health Organization networks of Age-Friendly Communities.”

Admission to the event is free and transportation is available. Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Senior Center Program Specialist Lynn Mason by phone at 203-862-6721 or by email at lynn.mason@greenwichct.org.

“Affordable... appropriate housing and transportation options, accessible outdoor buildings and spaces, and supportive community features and services,” Contadino said, all work to “enhance personal independence, allow individuals to age in place and foster resident engagement in the town’s civic, economic and social life.”

More information about the talk can also be found on the Town of Greenwich website.

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