The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) estimates the senior population of Royal Oak to grow by at least 34.8 percent by the year 2045. To prepare for the forecasted growth in the senior population, the Royal Oak Senior Services / Aging in Place Task Force has endorsed the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) “Age-Friendly Communities” program.
This program utilizes extensive community engagement of the senior population to identify ways to improve city services and design to better accommodate aging residents. Input from residents has the potential to improve future master plan development, land use, and community services.
The task force is working to create a plan that will give the city steps to become more age friendly and ensure that seniors are able to actively and fully participate in the community. Creating the plan is year two of a five year plan. Years three through five will focus on implementing the recommended changes.
Right now there are 6 working groups focusing on different topics including:
- Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
- Community Engagement and Inclusion
- Communication and Information
- Community and Health Service
These topics come from the AARP's 8 domains of livability for seniors. The task force combined 3 domains into the Community Engagement and Inclusion topic. Each working group is made up of residents and experts with professional expertise. There are over 50 residents, experts and city staff participating in this effort to review the data that was collected, hear from services being provided now and come up with some recommendations for future improvements.
How can you get involved?
At this time the task force is collecting information for individuals who would like to step in if another working group member drops off. Just email Susan Barkman and let her know which group you would like to join.
Visit the agenda center for meeting dates, agendas and minutes for the task force and working groups.