On Tuesday, Carbondale’s Board of Trustees got behind the effort to make Carbondale more livable for seniors.
The Carbondale Age-Friendly Communities Initiative (CAFCI) is made up of local seniors; members packed Town Hall earlier this week to encourage the town to join a network of communities through AARP.
AARP will provide CAFCI with resources and connections to other communities as the group advocates for seniors.
CAFCI might, for example, work with the town to ensure sidewalks are cleared after snow storms or put more benches around town for people to sit down.
More than 11 percent of Carbondale’s population is over the age of 60, and that figure is expected to grow. The state’s senior population is expected to double over the next decade.
The Board of Trustees all agreed to support CAFCI’s application to join the Age-Friendly Communities network. This will come at no cost to the town.