Age-Friendly Domains

Read on to learn about the 8 domains of livability, why they are important, and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative’s vision for an age-friendly community.

Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative Infographic


Age-friendly   outdoor   spaces   and   parks   are   those   that   are   clean   and   pleasant   with   green   spaces   and  outdoor   seating,   adequate   pedestrian   infrastructure   that   includes   well   maintained   and   unobstructed  sidewalks,   appropriate   curbs   to   accommodate   wheelchairs,   and   pedestrian   crossings   that   allow  enough   time   for seniors   to   safely   cross   among   other   features.   Additionally,   the   buildings   and  businesses  within  them  should  be  similarly  secure,  welcoming  and,  accessible  for  all  ages.

Vision for Miami-Dade County: Older adults have a safe and enjoyable physical environment in which to live and be active.

Outdoor Spaces & Buildings Infographic

Parks & Outdoor Spaces 2016 Workshop Proceedings


Since   mobility   declines   with   aging,   an   age-friendly   community   needs   to   have   a   variety  of   reliable  transportation options,   and   all   areas   and   services   in   a   community   need   to   be   accessible   by   public  transportation  and  be adapted to  accommodate  disabled people.  The  availability  of  different  options  and  modes  of transportation  is  also  important  to  meet  the  needs of  older adults.

Vision for Miami-Dade County: Older adults utilize a variety of types of transportation they want and need to move throughout the community.

Transportation Infographic

Transportation 2016 Workshop Proceedings


An   age-friendly   community   must   have   housing   available   that is   affordable,   located   in   safe  neighborhoods,   and   in close   proximity to   businesses   and   services   in   the   community. In   addition, housing  that  is  near  public  transit  or  has  links  to  public  transit  make  it  easier  for  people  of  all  ages  to  live   in   and   get   around.  Furthermore,   adapted   housing   that   meets the   needs   of  all ages including older  adults   and  disabled  people should  be  provided.

Vision for Miami-Dade County: Housing for older adults is affordable, accessible, and adapted to their needs and interests.

Housing Infographic

Housing 2016 Workshop Proceedings


An  age-friendly  community  should  have  affordable  and  conveniently located  events,  activities,  and opportunity  for  social  engagement tailored  to  all  ages,  including  older adults.

Vision for Miami-Dade County: Older adults enjoy a wide range of opportunities for social participation.


An  age-friendly  city  promotes  awareness  and  understands  the  value and  needs  of  older  adults.  Additionally,  the  input  of  older adults  should  be  included  in  the  decision-making  process  for  all aspects and  areas  of  the  community.

Vision for Miami-Dade County: Older adults feel welcomed and valued in all community settings.


The  availability  of  sufficient  and  varied  employment, volunteering and  training  program  opportunities tailored  to  older  adults  is  also  key  to  an  age-friendly community. Similar  to  domain  five,  older  adults should  be  included  in  the  decision-making  in  both  private  and  public  sectors  to  effectively  meet  their needs.

Vision for Miami-Dade County: Older adults have a wide range of employment and civic engagement opportunities.


In  an  age-friendly  community,  it  is  important  to  have  continued and  widespread  distribution  of information,  therefore  an  efficient communication  system  needs  be  in  place  to  reach  all  individuals and  effectively  inform  residents  of  the  services,  programs  and resources  available.

Vision for Miami-Dade County: The broader community is aware and knowledgeable about the presence, value, needs and wants of older adults.


In  order  to  meet  the  needs  of  older  adults,  an  age-friendly community  needs  to  provide  adequate access  to  all  levels  of health care  and  offer  services  that  promote,  maintain  and  restore health. Community support  including  delivery  of  services,  social  services and  widespread  information  and resources  for  emergency  planning  is a vital  component of healthy aging.

Vision for Miami-Dade County: Older adults are supported by quality health care, community based wellness and supportive services.

Lead Agencies

Our partners include the following lead agencies: AARP Florida, Alliance for Aging, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization, United Way of Miami-Dade, and Urban Health Partnerships.

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