Western Kentucky University

Age-Friendly Cities Get Involved

GET INVOLVED

Request to be a Participant or Host an AFC Conversation and send your ideas to us at WKU Aging

Become an Age-friendly Business.

Look for things that you can do at your place of business to better accommodate the needs of older adults, such as larger printed materials, wider aisles, automatic door openers, benches to rest on while waiting in lines or just a place to rest when waiting.  Ask the older adults you work with for their input and feedback and respect their expertise and life experiences.

Become an Age-friendly Community Member.

Advocate for equality and representation of older adults at meetings and when giving feedback, input or planning initiatives within your community.  

Become an Age-friendly Neighbor.

Offer help to our older adult neighbors.  Ideas of ways you can help include raking leaves for them in the fall, taking their trash cans down to the end of the driveway on trash pick up day, helping to remove fallen sticks or limbs from the yard after a storm, offering to change ceiling or outdoor lightbulbs and taking time to visit and listen to their stories when you can.  Many older adults face isolation as they are limited in their abilities to drive, see, hear and appreciate the opportunities for interaction.

Become more Age-friendly Aware.

If there is limited seating, offer your spot to an older person.  When you are in a hurry and behind a slow driver, be patient and remember it may be an older person with limited hearing, vision or dexterity.   When walking, slow your pace so you do not accidentally bump into an older person as they may already have unsteady gait, physical limitations and pain or general lack of awareness that they are moving slower than others around them.  Help older adults reach for items on a high shelf or allow them to take your place in line.

Other ideas? Share them with us at aging@wku.edu.

 Last Modified 7/26/13