Satori Pathway’s experience with the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Livable Community program allows us to effectively advise communities needing to develop programs and policy modifications to address the needs of older adults.
Policy and Planning for Changing Demographics with Economic Benefits
Finding time, money and personnel to develop proactive, innovative projects can often be a challenge for governmental organizations. One way to identify changing community needs, using a collaborative framework, is through participation in the Age-Friendly Livable Community program administered by AARP. The program offers guidelines to evaluate and better design policies and infrastructure to serve residents age 60+, a demographic that is increasing 40-50% over the next decade. This planning program is intergenerational and inclusive with ongoing community benefits for ages 8 to 80. Satori Pathway is an active member in the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Community Collaborative, and is working with NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies, to present aging policy summits and offer strategic planning and program development to cities and counties throughout northern Illinois.
Example: During the 2020 pandemic year, Satori helped guide the City of Woodstock through their Age-Friendly Action Plan development, resulting in that community’s approved designation as one of 11 Age-Friendly cities in Illinois and one of 527 nationwide.