GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Tree canopies can make neighborhoods more livable. And the City of Grand Rapids is working with AARP to become a certified age friendly community. Trees are one way to accomplish that goal.
Trees planted along streets and sidewalks help cool the city and streets from summertime sun, they increase business traffic, they unify a community and offer many other long-lasting benefits as trees become planted and grow.
In an effort to become more age friendly, the City of Grand Rapids is holding a tree planting event Saturday, October 9th from 2pm-5pm to improve the Michigan Street corridor. The tree project will bring together volunteers to plant hundreds of trees. Volunteers are needed to plant the trees. You can find more details here: http://www.urbanforestproject.com/news/event/michigan-streetscape-tree-planting/.
Tree canopies is one way Grand Rapids can adapt as the population ages and people stay healthy and active longer.
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.
Well-designed, livable communities promote health and sustain economic growth, and they make for happier, healthier residents — of all ages.
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization. The program has participating communities in more than 20 nations, as well as 10 affiliates representing more than 1,000 communities.
AARP’s participation in the program advances efforts to help people live easily and comfortably in their homes and communities as they age. AARP’s presence encourages older adults to take a more active role in their communities and have their voices heard. Initiatives focus on areas such as housing, caregiving, community engagement, volunteering, social inclusion and combating isolation among older citizens.
To learn more about age friendly communities, visit: www.aarp.org/livable-communities.