Between 1946 and 1964, an estimated 78 million Americans were born — the baby boomers. This population explosion did more than just change the census — it changed the way we played, learned, worked, married and raised our children. In short, it changed the way we live.
In 2006, the first of the boomer generation began reaching retirement age. This generation and the sweeping changes they prompted are now transforming the way we age.
It is estimated that by 2030 more than 70 million Boomers will be 65 and older. At that time, nearly one in five Americans will be older Americans. With this significant change in demographics and the needs of the older adult population, communities need to ask the question: Are we ready to help our residents Age Well and Live Well?
What are Age Well Live Well (AWLW) communities?
Through Age Well Live Well communities, public, private and nonprofit organizations develop local collaboratives to provide their residents with information and programs that:
- Improve the physical health of the residents in their community.
- Provide opportunities for residents to get involved in their community through volunteer service.
- Create awareness of the resources, services and programs offered through Age Well Live Well partners and the aging and disability network.
By creating local supports and programs, communities can address residents' needs to ensure they have the highest quality of life possible.
Become an Age Well Live Well community
If you are interested in developing an Age Well Live Well community, would like a planning toolkit or want to know more, contact us.
Holly Riley, Age Well Live Well Manager
Claire Irwin, Community Outreach Specialist
DADS Volunteer and Community Engagement Office