[COLUMBUS – OH] The City of Columbus received high honors for its work to ensure that residents’ golden years are truly golden. Employment for Seniors (EFS) will recognize the Age-Friendly Columbus initiative and President Pro-Tem Michael Stinziano during its EFS 2018 Legacy Awards on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd.
“I am grateful for the work of the Columbus Age Friendly Initiative to ensure a high quality of life for all our residents,” said Stinziano.
The Age-Friendly Columbus Initiative (AFC) is chaired by Stinziano, who will receive the Charles B. Jenkins Legacy Award. This award is given to organizations and individuals who advocate for, and serve, seniors in the Central Ohio community.
“Through the collaboration of our dedicated stakeholders, we have continued to help a greater number of those living in our City age in place and have already begun our preparation for the future growth of our aging populations.”
Working with President Pro Tem Stinziano, AFC Coordinator Katie White, the Advisory Council, subcommittees and the 50+ Residents Council, a strategic plan of action was created and launched. Its goal is to ensure future generations will flourish and thrive in place through easy access to services, amenities and opportunities.
“This year’s Legacy Awards Program will highlight the incredible achievements of our honorees. The Age-Friendly Columbus Initiative, guided by President Pro Tem Stinziano, is demonstrating the power of our policy makers working together with our residents, to create a flourishing community that ensures a positive environment for everyone to live!” stated Dr. Carol Ventresca, EFS executive director.
The 65+ population of Central Ohio is expected to double in the next 35 years. This collaborative partnership is making sure these individuals are able to enjoy that time in their own homes.
The initiative focuses on eight areas, including: Outdoor Spaces, Employment and Civic Engagement, Transportation, Communications and Information, Housing, Community Support and Health Services, Safety and Social Participation.
The initiative is supported by the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Franklin County Office on Aging, Columbus Foundation, National Church Residences and AARP Ohio.
Details on the Legacy Awards Program can be found on the Employment for Seniors website at http://www.employseniors.org or calling EFS at (614) 863-1219.