September 17, 2019 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced the formation of the Mayor’s Age-Friendly Community Advisory Council as a way for residents 50 years of age and older to have a proactive role in the momentum and excitement taking place in Fort Wayne.

Members of the council will represent eight domains of livability:

*Outdoor spaces and buildings
*Social participation
*Respect and social inclusion
*Work and civic engagement
*Communication and information
*Community and health services

Members of the council will be announced in the coming weeks. The Mayor’s Age-Friendly Community Advisory Council is a recommencing of the previous Mayor’s Senior Advisory Council and makes Fort Wayne a part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. Fort Wayne is the third city in Indiana to join the network.

The council will work to align local resources, promote policies and seek additional opportunities to empower older adults to enjoy an excellent quality of life and personal independence. In addition, the council will conduct a baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of Fort Wayne, draft an action plan based on those findings, identify indicators with the eight domains of livability to monitor progress, oversee implementation of the action plan, and conduct ongoing evaluations and submit progress reports to AARP.

“This is a great opportunity for residents to get more involved in helping move Fort Wayne forward in a positive direction,” said Mayor Henry. “We’re a welcoming community that wants input from residents as we work together to make a meaningful difference.”

This year also marks the 20-year anniversary of the Senior Information Fair, which will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Allen County Public Library’s downtown branch, 900 Library Plaza.