An age-friendly city is one that “encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. In practical terms, an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.” Bowling Green was the seventh city in the US to join the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and is currently in year three of a five-year project. The developments over the past two years have been guided by the principle that senior residents of Bowling Green are the experts and that changes made should target their key concerns. The changes that have been made or recommended to date are low or no cost and are implemented by diverse groups of community stakeholders with support from WKU Aging. This project aimed to summarize the efforts that have been made thus far in the Bowling Green Age-Friendly Cities Project. A narrative research method was used to identify, characterize, and document four key outcomes: The Gathering, the Over 50 Citizen’s Academy, the Society for Lifelong Learning, and the Senior Calendar Committee.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Dr. Dana Bradley
Community Health | Geriatrics | Gerontology
Ruggles, Hannah, "The Age-Friendly Cities Project in Bowling Green: A Narrative History" (2016). Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 655.