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Communities for a Lifetime Video Showcases Community Best Practices

The best way to turn a good idea into a great one is to share it with others. With that in mind, the Department of Elder Affairs’ Communities for a Lifetime initiative worked with the Department’s Communications Office to produce a video showcasing a number of “best practices” developed by Florida communities that actively participate in Communities for a Lifetime.  The professional-quality video was unveiled at the Florida Conference on Aging in Orlando in August, and will be used as a recruitment tool to encourage other communities to join the initiative. The video will be shown at seminars, conferences, workshops, meetings and other events around the state.

Communities for a Lifetime, in partnership with AARP’s Livable Communities, encourages community leaders and civic groups to facilitate community involvement and actively solicit contributions from people of all ages and abilities in community decision-making. The goal is to make each community an accommodating place where residents can thrive throughout the various stages of life, from childhood through their elder years.

Communities for a Lifetime Initiative Video 2010
- Part 1


Communities for a Lifetime Initiative Video 2010
- Part 2



Aging in Place Featuring Universal Design
We have all heard the message that America is aging. In Florida by the year 2020, almost one in four residents will be between the ages of 60 and 84, compared to about one in five for 2009. According to the 2012 US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 12.9 percent of Floridians are currently living with a disability. This demographic shift will have an impact on every facet of our interactions, from community planning and business development, funding for medical services and insurance policies, transportation and other components of each Florida community. These changing demographics will also have a profound impact on the demand for housing, especially the availability of housing with design features that meet the expected needs of an aging and special needs society. As we age our physical faculties (sight, mobility, hearing, touch) and those of our aged love ones are affected. The degree of change may vary from person to person, but there will be an impact. How we plan for these changes will determine our independence, our connectedness to others and the lifestyle we enjoy. 

This video project addresses the utilization of Universal Design features in the home. Features any home owner, or prospective homeowner, may wish to consider as they prepare for aging in place. These features not only benefit the baby boomer homeowner, but a young family, persons with disabilities or individuals with physical challenges visiting the home.

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As more and more Floridians turn 65, studies show that the vast majority of them would prefer to remain in their own homes and communities as they age.  The Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) recognizes the critical nature many aging Floridian homeowners have faced maintaining independence in their own homes.  Even when assistance is needed for daily living activities, the preference is to receive this assistance in the home.  To enhance this possibility, the Department is encouraging homeowners to actively seek “universal design” features that create a safe, accessible, functional, and more comfortable environment to actively age in place. With these features in their home to help maintain their safety and available supportive services and resources, seniors can enjoy an optimal quality of life for many years in their own neighborhoods.

Aging in Place

To enable seniors to safely age in place, the Department is focusing on educating consumers about thse universal design features that may be built into new construction or added as renovations to an existing home. In a recent project, DOEA collaborated with AARP and Turner Legacy Homes of Tallahassee on the construction of a new home in Tallahassee. The home has many of the universal design features necessary for seniors to maintain their safety and independence as they age in their home. The following video tracks this project.

For more information, please contact Buddy Cloud at 850-414-2123 or Cory Livingston at 850-414-2165.

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511 is a free service of the Florida Department of Transportation that offers travel information, along with an option for personalized profiles. Through the 511 service, the following types of information are constantly updated for travelers throughout Florida: 

  • Traffic Warnings and Updates
  • Traveler Information
  • Highway Construction Information
  • Traffic Information System
  • Statewide 511 Travel Information

A video describing the 511 service, including a segment involving Communities for a Lifetime, can be viewed at:

Last updated: 10/24/2012
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