NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton has accepted the challenge of long-range planning to benefit residents of all ages.
Massachusetts AARP Director, Mike Festa, presented Mayor David Narkewicz with a plaque designating Northampton as the newest member of AARP’s age-friendly network.
Festa told 22News at the Northampton Senior Center, the city now has five years to develop programs that achieve the goals of making Northampton age-friendly.
“If you look at it from the lens of being friendly as they’re asking in place, you’re really going to do a better job of retaining people and giving them the quality of life that they expect,” Festa said.
Twenty percent of Northampton’s population of just under 30,000 are over the age of 60.
Festa said that many cities across America are now focused on improving the quality of life for their older citizens.