In Sutter County, residents asked if they live in an age-friendly community.

8 domains of living

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the Agency on Aging Area 4 is teaming up on a survey of residents in this region, including all of Sutter County and neighboring Yuba County, about whether their communities are “age-friendly,” or livable for those of all ages and abilities.

On Sunday, the survey was distributed through the Appeal-Democrat newspaper. But you can also take the survey online.

According to the AARP, there are eight essential domains to livable communities which allow the full inclusion and participation of residents of all ages and abilities. These domains are:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings than can be used and enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
  • Public transportation.
  • Housing options that are affordable for varying life stages.
  • Affordable and accessible health care.
  • Opportunities for social participation.
  • Variable means of communicating important information.
  • Opportunities for employment and civic participation regardless of age or ability.
  • Intergenerational activities which promote respect and social inclusion.

The survey is quite extensive–42 questions–but everyone, regardless of age and ability, is encouraged to take the survey and share their perspectives on their community’s strengths and areas for improvement.

For additional information about getting a hard copy of the survey and where to return them, call 916-486-1846.