Brookline is officially an age-friendly town.
The World Health Organization’s network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities has accepted Brookline as its first New England member, joining eight other cities in the country and more than 100 around the world.
The communities in the network are committed to creating inclusive and accessible urban environments to benefit their aging populations, according to the World Health Organization.
Brookline was accepted as a member after developing an action plan aimed at encouraging community involvement by people of all ages, according to the non-profit Brookline Community Aging Network, in a press release Thursday announcing the designation.
The town’s action plan emphasizes the expansion of more effective communication to residents about local resources and available opportunities. The initiative also will examine the need for improvements to sidewalks and street crossing safety, stronger specialized transportation for those who don’t drive, senior-friendly housing and the elimination of barriers in public buildings for elders with low vision.
Brookline Community Aging Network collaborated with selectmen and the Brookline Council on Aging for the action plan.
“We are excited to be recognized by the World Health Organization,” said Selectmen Chairwoman Betsy DeWitt in the press release. “Brookline is a great place to live for people of all ages. The town welcomes this chance to highlight what it offers to older residents and to look for ways to serve our older population even more effectively.”
Other United States age-friendly city in the World Health Organization network are: Bowling Green, Oh., Chicago, Il., Des Moines, Ia., New York City, Ny., Philadelphia, Pa., Portland, Or., and the Town of Los Altos Hills, Calif.