Pfizer Foundation Renews Partnership to Boost ‘Age-Friendly’ Communities
Reprint from Pfizer World October 23, 2013
Funding aimed at making five American communities great places to grow up and grow old.
Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), a national association of funders, and the Pfizer Foundation announced a second year of funding totaling $1.3 million for Community AGEnda. The initiative is aimed at helping American communities become more age-friendly, meaning great places to grow up and grow old.
The Foundation’s contribution will support grants up to $140,000 from GIA to each of the five participating Community AGEnda communities in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and the greater Kansas City region. Funding for Community AGEnda is provided to GIA by the Pfizer Foundation, a charitable organization established by Pfizer to promote access to quality health care, to nurture innovation, and to support the community involvement of colleagues.
America is getting older fast. Today, more than 40 million people in the United States are age 65 and older, and this number is projected to grow to nearly 89 million by 2050. Yet most communities are not preparing to take advantage of the opportunities — and meet the challenges — presented by a growing number of older adults.
“Supporting age-friendly goals is one of the best ways we can respond to the aging of our population, whether we are funders, nonprofits, elected officials, planners, business people, or private citizens,” said John Feather, Chief Executive Officer of Grantmakers In Aging. “The Community AGEnda teams have worked hard to identify the age-friendly goals that matter most to their regions, and are building the coalitions needed to pursue those goals in a sustainable way.”
Efforts to make communities age-friendly can include improving mobility and walkability; informing regional planning efforts; designing affordable, accessible housing; promoting healthy lifestyles; improving access to public services; and increasing volunteer, intergenerational, and social opportunities.
“The Pfizer Foundation recognizes the importance of helping our communities prepare wisely for the aging of our population, which is why we are pleased to support a second year of Community AGEnda,” said Caroline Roan, President of the Pfizer Foundation. “As the CDC recently noted in its ‘State of Aging and Health in America 2013,’ healthier lifestyles and improved mobility are important factors in improving older adults’ quality of life. Community AGEnda is pursuing these and other important age-friendly goals in creative, community-specific ways.”