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Record No: Res 31739    Version: Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 3/27/2017
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION expressing The City of Seattle's commitment to being a more age-friendly city under the criteria established by the World Health Organization and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
Sponsors: Sally Bagshaw
Supporting documents: 1. Proposed Resolution Substitute v3 (added; 7/19/17), 2. Proposed Resolution Substitute v2, 3. Proposed Summary Substitute, 4. Summmary and Fiscal Note v2, 5. Mayor's Letter, 6. Summary and Fiscal Note, 7. Signed Resn_31739, 8. Affidavit for Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION expressing The City of Seattle's commitment to being a more age-friendly city under the criteria established by the World Health Organization and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
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WHEREAS, according to the An Aging World: 2015 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of the global population aged 60 years or over increased from 8.5 percent in 1980 to 12.3 percent in 2015, and is projected to rise further to 21.5 percent in 2050; and
WHEREAS, according to the Pew Research Center, one in five U.S. residents is expected to be aged 65 years or over by mid-century; and
WHEREAS, King County reports that its population increased 36 percent from 1990 to 2015 while the number of residents living in unincorporated King County decreased by 50 percent, suggesting that a segment of the population is increasingly residing in cities; and
WHEREAS, although many cities and communities are increasingly engaging in age-friendly policies and programs, the older population continues to face problems of ageism that impact their quality of life; and
WHEREAS, on July 27, 2016, in recognition of The City of Seattle's (City) commitment to becoming more age-friendly, the World Health Organization and AARP designated the City a member of the Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, which includes 380 members representing 37 countries; and
WHEREAS, the World Health Organization Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide identifies core characteristics of an age-friendly city in Eight Domains of Livability: outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and community support and health services; and
WHEREAS, older adults, whether domestic or foreign-born, in the U.S. face unique challenges impacting their health and wellbeing that need to be addressed by policymakers; and...

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