On February 1st, the Age-Friendly Columbus Findings Report was officially released. The audience of nearly 100 attendees heard remarks from Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano, MORPC Executive Director William Murdock, State Director of AARP Ohio Barbara Sykes, and Senior Advocate Fran Ryan.
The Age-Friendly Columbus Findings Report illustrates a variety of strengths and concerns:
- Columbus has many options for long-term services and supports
- Older residents want to be engaged as partners for making Age-Friendly improvements
- Older residents are concerned about the fast-paced growth of the city and the potential negative effects it could have on affordable and accessible housing
- There is a perception of ageism and negative stereotypes of older adults in the community
Watch the press conference here: