Excelsior Springs will receive the Gold Level Certificate in January 2022 for our work with the Communities for All Ages Program. This program will recognize communities that have taken steps to become more welcoming to residents of all ages and, in the process, more vibrant, healthy and prosperous.
Older adults are a valuable resource to the community, not only for their financial capital, but for their human capital, as typically each succeeding generation of older adults is better educated than the last.
A community that makes a concerted effort to provide the facilities and services needed by an older population may do a better job of retaining those who would otherwise decide to leave. While the impact may not seem especially large, the retention of even a few hundred more people each year can, over time, yield a significant economic benefit to the community.
The Community for All Ages Program is focused on how well does the following topic areas work for community members of all ages:
• Public outdoor spaces and buildings
• Housing and commercial development
• Transportation and mobility
• Social inclusion, communication and participation
• Civic participation and employment
• Community and health service.
The advantage of participating in the program is a more aware, well-planned community that meets the needs of all its residents. Regional recognition that your city is looking to the future, creating a community that is vibrant, connected and green, and serves the needs of all residents regardless of age.