New JCCI Report Sets Standard For Comprehensive Approach to Age-Friendly Community
With Jacksonville’s 50-plus population growing, JCCI study provides a broad-based model for developing a community that works for people of all ages.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville should turbocharge its economic growth by helping 50-plus residents embrace “encore” careers. Northeast Florida businesses should create workplace policies that support family members caring for frail or disabled loved ones. The community should create a private membership service to help older people get around even if they can no longer drive themselves, and encourage building homes designed so that people can live independently throughout their lives.
These are among the recommendations from a new Jacksonville Community Council, Inc., (JCCI) study, “Re-Think Aging,” released today during JCCI’s 2015 annual meeting at WJXT. The findings are hailed by city and civic officials as a “model for how communities can embrace a future that works for people of all ages.”
“JCCI has provided us with an outstanding example of how to lay the groundwork for an age-friendly Jacksonville,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP Florida state director. “We are indebted to the citizens and community leaders who created this report. ’Re-Think Aging’ offers among the broadest visions I’ve seen in how a community can embrace a future in which a much larger proportion of our population is older.”
JCCI President and CEO Clayton Davis said, “The data and action steps outlined by the ‘Re-Think Aging’ report are a vital catalyst in galvanizing our community to create an age-friendly region. ‘Re-Think Aging’ uncovered this as an issue that impacts livability for all, not just the aging population. JCCI looks forward to building on its more than 40-year legacy of creating community change as we enter the implementation phase of the inquiry kicking off on Oct. 6.
“JCCI is grateful to the many community-minded partners who made “Re-Think Aging” possible, including the primary funder: Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, along with additional support provided by AARP Jacksonville, Brooks Rehabilitation, Fleet Landing and ElderSource.”
By 2040, Duval County’s 65-plus population will grow approximately 79 percent, nearly four times as fast as the overall population, according to JCCI. The graying of Jacksonville is driven not only by increasing lifespans but also by an influx of older people relocating to the area, demographic studies show.
“Americans in general are living longer and we must move away from the premise that growing older is essentially a disease process,” said Susan Ponder-Stansel, president and CEO of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. “‘Re-Think Aging,’ through its breadth, depth and specificity of the recommendations, focuses on positive aging, a process of maintaining a positive attitude, keeping fit and healthy and engaging fully in life. There are pragmatic, feasible, detailed recommendations here for Jacksonville’s leaders to act upon, in virtually all areas of our lives.”
Among the recommendations:
Community Hospice is an excellent resource for up-to-date information on end-of-life care in our community. We invite members of the media to contact the Communications Department at any time.
Terry Brown, communications manager, media relations