The World Health Organization (WHO) defines an age-friendly city as one that is inclusive and accessible and promotes active aging. A town that works for EVERYONE of every age and ability.
Sausalito has one of the fastest aging populations in the County. Did you know that between the 2000 and 2010 census, the number of residents aged 60 and over, increased by a staggering 72%!!
In July of 2013, the City Council created the Age-Friendly Sausalito Task Force in response to this issue. The purpose of the Task Force is to assess the current age-friendliness of the City and to develop a strategic plan to move it forward in a way that will be inclusive and accessible to everyone. In short, make it a community that works for all.
This commitment was rewarded by the World Health Organization in March 2014 when the City of Sausalito became a member of the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities - the first in Marin and third in the State.
Questionnaires were mailed and made available on-line through this web site the first week of November 2013. Additional questionnaires were available at the Library, the Police Station and Bridgeway Gym. 2,400 questionnaires were mailed out and 1,190 responses were received by December 31st. We are delighted with the response.
Completed questionnaires helped to provide critical information towards a baseline assessment of the City's age friendliness. In 2014, in addition to analyzing the survey data, Task Force members interviewed key stakeholders and reviewed relevant research. In May 2015 in response to the need for in-town transportation, CARSS (Call A Ride for Sausalito Seniors) was started. Read more about CARSS by clicking on this link:
On November 29, 2016, the Age Friendly Sausalito Task Force presented the Age Friendly Sausalito Community Action Plan to the City Council. This Plan represents the culmination of 3 1/2 years of work by the group to develop a plan based on the priorities that emerged in the baseline assessment.
The City Council voted unanimously to approve the Plan in its entirety and to allow for it to be submitted to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The next step will be to work with the City staff to develop a new iteration of the working group that includes City Managers focusing on points of the plan.