Community Development

Age-Friendly Cedar Rapids

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The Age-Friendly Action Plan survey and Ideas Wall were open from Dec. 6, 2021- Feb. 12, 2022. The button below summarizes community feedback:

    We love the age-friendly ideas sent to us from Cedar River Academy
              at Taylor Elementary School 

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In December 2019, the City of Cedar Rapids joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, joining approximately 400 other communities across the country who are committed to making their communities livable for residents of all ages, from the cradle through retirement. By joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and American Association of Retired Persons' (AARP) Age-Friendly Communities Network, Cedar Rapids has taken the next step toward enhancing the quality of life in our community for people of all ages and abilities. This process began with the age-friendly survey conducted by AARP in early 2019. The survey overview was presented at a community livability discussion and can be seen here: Livability Presentation April 2019. Key topics that emerged from the discussion were: 

  • Multi-generational Center
  • Transportation needs
  • Technology help for seniors
  • Community WiFi
  • Social isolation
Watch videos on these age-friendly programs and services in Cedar Rapids. 

AARP defines livability using the 8 Domains of Livability:

 Age-Friendly Action Plan Steering Committee - formed November 2021
Barb Werning Heritage Agency on Aging   Robin Mixdorf Meth-Wick
Mike Barnhart Horizons   Kayla Paulson United Way of East Central Iowa
Ro Foege AARP Volunteer   Cecilia Rokusek National Czech & Slovak Museum
Darryl High High Development   Zach Schledetsky Wellbeing Advisory Committee co-chair
Lindsay Glynn  Aging Services/Unity Point Health     Phil Wasta MedQuarter/Economic Alliance
Kathy Good Mercy Care    Amy Hockett  Linn County Public Health

Learn more:

Changing Demographics and Livable Communities Podcast

What is your neighborhood's  LIVABILITY INDEX SCORE

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