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Growing Older in Clark County: Making Clark County a Better Place to Grow Up and Grow Old

Overview

Clark County, like other communities throughout the United States, will be significantly impacted by the coming age shift. The population of older adults age 60+ in Clark County is expected to grow by 158 percent between 2005 and 2030. The Aging Readiness Task Force was established in Clark County to assess the county’s capacity to allow for healthy and successful aging in place for seniors in the community. This Aging Readiness plan outlines the features and characteristics of a livable community and addresses specific challenges Clark County may face in improving its livability.

Key Points

The plan is divided into five main focus areas that determine the livability of a community,including housing, transportation/mobility, supportive services, healthy communities, and community engagement opportunities. Each section addresses key elements necessary to enhance community livability, as well as challenges and short-term, medium-term, and long-term strategies that can be used to overcome such challenges.These strategies and challenges are based on feedback from community workshop discussions that identified gaps to successful aging in place in Clark County. Additionally, national and local initiatives intended to improve livability are discussed throughout the plan.

Other plan highlights include:

  1. The Clark County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master plan was adopted in November 2010 to increase the number of people walking and bicycling while improving the transportation network of existing sidewalks, bicycle lanes and walking trails.
  2. Clark County’s public transportation authority (C-TRAN) provides free, hands-on instruction to ensure older adults travel safely and independently on public transit.

This plan acts as a comprehensive resource for any community seeking guidance to improve its livability for all residents regardless of age or ability. Specific examples of livable community elements are featured in the plan, as well as Internet resources for each major section.

How to Use

Planners, local officials, and community leaders can use this plan to better understand the core features of a livable community and how to implement such features in their own community. The short-term, medium-term, and long-term strategies provided throughout the plan can be used by planners across the country who are looking for innovative ways toimprove community livability features and allow for healthy aging in place.

View full report: Growing Older in Clark County: Making Clark County a Better Place to Grow Up and Grow Old (PDF – 9.1MB)

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