TUCKER, Ga. (January 23, 2019) – The City of Tucker has received the World Health Organization’s (WHO) prestigious Age-Friendly City designation, an honor that recognizes localities for promoting health and growth for residents of all ages. Tucker Civic Association (TCA) spearheaded the effort with support from Tucker City staff and elected officials.
“The term ‘age-friendly’ was used, not to promote an older population, but to look at the entire population from infancy through old age,” says Dr. Lois Ricci of the TCA’s Lifelong Community Committee. “The sidewalk has to be safe for the stroller and the walker. Transportation has to accommodate everyone needing a way to get to school, to work or to the doctor. Services must be made available for everyone regardless of age.”
In 2013, Tucker was added to the Atlanta Regional Commission list of Lifelong Communities. With this latest designation from the WHO, residents and community leaders will be asked to focus on sustaining eight domains that might influence the community’s overall health and quality of life. Those include:
- outdoor spaces and buildings
- social participation
- respect and social inclusion
- civic participation and employment
- communication and information
- community support and health services
The WHO Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities was established in 2007, with support from the AARP. It currently includes more than 700 cities in nearly 40 countries worldwide.
“We were glad to support TCA as they pushed for this important designation,” says Tucker’s City-Community Connector Sonja Szubski. “The City looks forward to supporting TCA and all of our volunteer-led community groups as they continue to focus on the tenets of being an age-friendly city.”
Tucker was established as a community in 1892 and incorporated as a City in 2016. It is home to more than 35,000 residents and 2,000 businesses.