The World Health Organization refers to eight influences on quality of life for older adults called domains of "livability." These include outdoor spaces & buildings, transportation, respect & inclusion, housing, communication & information, civic participation & employment, health & community services, and social participation. Age Friendly communities across the globe adopt some or all of these domains to focus their Age Friendly efforts. Learn more here.
In Erie County, we adopted two additional domains, emergency preparedness & resilience and research & education, to meet the current and unique needs for our community. With western New York situated to experience significant weather events and the increasing occurrence of threats to safety, our Age Friendly community wants to ensure our residents are safe and prepared to emerge from any disaster. Additionally, with the growing aging population and focus of age friendly communities, Erie County is committed to grounding our efforts in evidence-based approaches to creating healthy communities.
Click through the ten domains of livability in Erie County to see what we have learned in our community and reach organizations working within these domains to increase quality of life for Erie County residents.
Outdoor Spaces & Buildings
Inclusive, attractive design in the indoor and outdoor environment encourages social participation and active lifestyle choices for people of all ages.
A variety of affordable transit options is critical for residents of Erie County to engage in a wide variety of community activities across urban, suburban, and rural settings.
An age-friendly community enables its residents to age in place. Applying universal design strategies when building or modifying homes makes aging in place a reality.
Civic Participation & Employment
Creating opportunities for interaction with family, friends, and neighbors contributes to increased community awareness and investment, and fosters an environment for positive mental health.
Older adults should have the option to work, volunteer, or engage in political activism. Employers and community leaders should serve as advocates for increased civic participation and employment.
Communication & Information
Respect & Social Inclusion
Understanding how diverse populations throughout Erie County access and use information can help tailor outreach and efforts that best fits the needs of the community.
Inter-generational activities and welcoming environments are important for developing mutual relationships of respect for diverse populations of age, ability, faith, and income.
Community Support & Health Services
Community support and affordable healthcare services should provide accessible and trustworthy resources that promote quality care and healthy living.
Emergency Preparedness & Resilience
Research & Education
Planning and information sharing should be universally designed to better communicate with residents in the event of weather-related and other emergencies.
Collaborative research efforts on aging, and engagement of older adults in scholarly communities promotes reciprocal learning opportunities across generations.