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WELCOMES YOU To the Waukegan Township AGE – FRIENDLY COALITION What Are Our Goals? To develop a Community Action Plan for our community to help us become “aging-friendly” The World is Rapidly Aging! In 2006, the number of persons aged 60 and older was 650 million.

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what are our goals
What Are Our Goals?

To develop a

Community Action Plan

for our community

to help us become


the world is rapidly aging
The World is Rapidly Aging!

In 2006,

the number of persons aged 60 and older was 650 million.


In 2025, the number willalmost double: 1.2 billion people will be 60 and overBy 2050, there will be 2 billion people aged 60 and over in the world


Today there are more than 35 million Americans age 65 and aboveOver the next 30 years, that number will dramaticallyincrease as the first wave of baby boomers turns65 between 2011 and 2030


Estimates are that there are nearly 13,000 residents aged 55 and better in Waukegan. If projections are correct, and our population doubles, we can expect nearly 30,000senior citizens by 2025


Another trend is in 2007, over half our global population lives in cities. By 2030, about three out of five people will live in cities.


To help Waukegan Township provide adequate services to an ever-increasing population, we must all become active participants in helping to make our community age-friendly.

what must we focus on
What Must We Focus On?
  • Healthcare & Wellness
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Neighborhoods & Communities
health wellness
Health & Wellness
  • Address the isolation of seniors.
  • Promote services that assist individuals with planning for all stages of life.
  • Support education and healthy aging for a culturally diverse population.
  • Assess healthcare available for seniors.
  • Assess nutritional status and exercise opportunities for seniors.
  • Motivate entities to develop housing that is truly affordable for all generations.
  • Modify existing homes.
  • Develop intergenerational housing, assisted living and supportive living facilities.
  • Promote creative sources of funding for affordable senior housing.
  • Involve seniors to become part of the community planning process.
  • Support sustainable funding for transportation.
  • Make roads safer for older drivers.
  • Make sidewalks & pedestrian crossings more visible & accessible.
  • Advance affordable, safe, seamless transportation for seniors.
  • Provide mobility options, transit, paratransit, etc. options.
public safety
Public Safety
  • Elder Abuse programs – currently Catholic Charities.
  • Assess emergency medical services.
  • Review community plans for disasters.
neighborhoods and communities
Neighborhoods and Communities
  • Support the enhancement of safety in homes and neighborhoods.
  • Raise awareness about aging.
  • Increase outreach to fully integrate all generations, cultures, religions and language groups.
  • Look at outdoor spaces and buildings with new eyes.
parks recreation
Parks & Recreation
  • Exercise & Wellness activities and programs.
  • Walking clubs and programs for seniors. (All-weather)
  • Intergenerational center.
how will we accomplish our goals blueprint for action
How Will We Accomplish Our Goals? Blueprint for Action!
  • Assemble a Team of Public & Private Leaders.
  • Assess our community’s Aging Readiness.
  • Set A Long-Term Course to Promote Success!
we must start planning now
We Must Start Planning Now!
  • The aging baby boomers will present many challenges to the Waukegan community.