Age-Friendly St. Petersburg
Age-Friendly St. Petersburg Summary of Findings
The Age-Friendly St. Petersburg partners are pleased to share our Synthesis of Survey and Listening Session Data The city of St. Petersburg has been designated as an official Age-Friendly City as recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Currently, it is one of 27 age-friendly communities in the state of Florida and almost 400 in the country. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. AARP facilitates and guides communities through the network’s implementation and assessment process.
The Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Global Network, encompassing 300 communities in 33 countries, is an international effort by WHO to help people live easily and comfortably in their homes and communities as they age. St. Petersburg is at the forefront of a demographic shift to a rapidly-aging population. WHO projects that people aged 60 and over as a proportion of the global population will double from 11% in 2006 to 22% by 2050. In St. Petersburg, with a median age of 43.4 years, roughly 30% of the population is age 55 and over.
The purpose of the Age-Friendly designation is to promote active ageing – that is, the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. In an age-friendly city, policies, services, settings and structures support and enable people to age actively by:
- Recognizing the wide range of capacities and resources among older people;
- Anticipating and responding flexibly to ageing-related needs and preferences;
- Respecting their decisions and lifestyle choices;
- Protecting those who are most vulnerable;
- Promoting their inclusion in and contribution to all areas of community life.
Since 2015, community constituents have met to lay the groundwork for the launch of the Age-Friendly designation process. Now listening sessions are being held around St. Petersburg designed to assess the city’s assets and opportunities as they relate to eight Age-Friendly domains—Transportation, Housing, Public Spaces, Social Participation, Respect and Social Inclusion, Civic Participation and Employment, Communication and Information, and Community Support and Health Services. Feedback from the listening sessions, combined with survey results will be used to develop an action plan in collaboration with community stakeholders.
The St. Petersburg Age-Friendly Initiative is a collaboration among AARP Florida, the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College, the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas and the city of St. Petersburg.
During 2017 and early 2018, Age-Friendly St. Petersburg held four listening sessions to invite the community to help define Livability in the ‘Burg. To see more about these sessions, click on the links below.
I. February 2017 – Summary of Data from Listening Session I
II. July 2017 – Summary of Data from Listening Session II
III. November 2017 – Summary of Data from Listening Session III
IV. February 2018 – Summary of Data from Listening Session IV
In May 2017, Age-Friendly St. Petersburg stakeholders gathered at SPC’s Collaborative Labs to help define and refine the vision for an Age-Friendly city.
Materials from the May 2017 Collaborative Labs can be viewed by clicking below.