Escanaba recognized as an age-friendly community

Thursday, October 29, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – The Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA) of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), along with the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging, recognized the city of Escanaba this month as an age-friendly community for its participation in the “Communities for a Lifetime” (CFL) program.

To receive recognition through the CFL program, a community must establish priorities, conduct an assessment, and develop a community action plan that, when implemented, would help make the community more friendly for all ages.

The action plan may include increasing access to health care, housing availability, transportation and commerce. In addition, it may include physical improvements to the community like additional lighting, sidewalks or bike paths to improve walkability.  

“On behalf of Michigan’s aging network I want to thank Escanaba for its commitment to the Communities for a Lifetime program. The city’s efforts will undoubtedly improve the lives of those living in and traveling to the community for years to come,” said AASA Executive Director Kari Sederburg.

The CFL program is part of a broader national movement called Creating Aging Friendly Communities and was developed by the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging in 2007, with input from the State Advisory Council on Aging.

Escanaba is the 24th community to be recognized in the state of Michigan.

For more information about the city of Escanaba’s community action plan, contact Darren Young from the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress at (906) 786-4701 or youngd@upcap.org.

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Contact: Phil Lewis, lewisp3@michigan.gov or 517-862-8312