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Age-Friendly Business District

An “Age-Friendly Business District” has helped businesses become more aware of older patrons, educating stores on how to be age-friendly, and how to retain older employees.


This initiative has been implemented through a five “E” model including:

  • Engineering – assessment and visioning of a physical environment designed to create safer, more convenient connections for customers to the business community.
  • Education – increase knowledge about the benefits of a Business District.
  • Encouragement – promotion of the Business District and get business to participate and customers to shop.
  • Enforcement – increase awareness of laws and policies that keep us safe.
  • Evaluation – measurement of the results (outcomes) of the efforts or steps taken as part of this program.

The Age-Friendly Business District pilot is an area that has been developed with an objective to empower businesses with resources and education to better serve customers of all ages. A geographic area within Little Havana with a high older adult concentration was selected as the pilot area for the Age-Friendly Business District. A walkable, half-mile radius area surrounding the Vista Alegre Retirement Home was selected.  There are currently 29 participating business members of the Age-Friendly Business District.

The Little Havana official geographic boundaries are the Miami River to the North, SW 27th Avenue to the West, SW 11thSt to the South, and US1/the Miami River to the East

Age-Friendly Business District Resources

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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