On July 27, 2017 the Town received its official notification of membership in theWHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. With the designation the Town of Los Gatos became the 11th of 15 communities within Santa Clara to receive the membership
The World Health Organization (“WHO”) Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established in 2010as a way to connect cities, communities and organizations worldwide with the common vision of making their community a great place to grow old. The initiative was established in response to global population ageing and focuses on action at the local level that fosters the full participation of older people in community life and promotes healthy and active ageing. The Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities provides a global platform for information exchange, mutual learning and support. Santa Clara County embraced this initiative and launched an “Age-friendly” campaign with the stated goal of getting all fifteen cities and towns in the County to apply for the WHO Age-friendly designation by June 2017.
The WHO Age-friendly initiative culminated in the following areas being identified for future Council consideration:
A community collaborative to offer social events and dances;
More emergency preparedness training opportunities to residents;
An infographic resource describing available community services; and
Options for additional senior transport
For more information on the Age-friendly initiative in Santa Clara County see: https://www.agefriendlysiliconvalley.org/