The City of Lansing joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities in the summer of 2015 and spent 2016 holding communal conversations to discuss the initiative as well as to receive feedback from residents. As part of the network, Lansing joins over 100 communities across the country, including seven other capital cities.
The United States is experiencing a dramatic demographic change that will result in its communities needing to support individuals over the age of 65 twice as more as currently speaking. What will that mean for housing, transportation, health care, social services, work force and economic development? Simultaneously, these issues need to be addressed. It needs to be ensured that communities in the Lansing Area continue to be places where people of all ages want to live, work and play.