Ralston’s Age-Friendly Initiative
Ralston’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative is a collaborative partnership of local and citywide stakeholders, convened and facilitated by Ralston Center, to create age-friendly changes in West Philadelphia. The initiative is committed to making the physical and social environments in West Philadelphia more conducive to older adults’ health, well-being and ability to age in place.
In 2014, Ralston Center convened more than 40 organizational stakeholders, representing community groups, service providers, area institutions and city government, to identify the most pressing needs of older West Philadelphians. Focusing on social engagement, health and wellness, housing, and mobility, stakeholders formed subcommittees to explore individual and systemic solutions to issues faced by older adults in West Philadelphia. Ralston Center also met individually with a broad variety of stakeholders to develop a deeper understanding of community needs and solutions. To ensure the initiative was informed and driven by the older adult community, Ralston held focus groups and community listening sessions with older West Philadelphians in late 2014 and 2015.