Quest For Senior-Friendly Cities Sends West Chester On 3-Year Project


Older adults, civic and business leaders, West Chester University students and filmmakers are embarking on a three-year initiative to explore and promote West Chester as one of America’s prime “Age-Friendly” communities.

Launched by the World Health Organization’s designation of the borough as an Age Friendly Community, the project aims to “create a global exchange on how to create senior-friendly cities and communities through the creation of physical and social environments that promote healthy and active aging for older adults,” according to a report from WCU’s The Quad.

As one of 24 such projects across the country, WCU’s effort will be led by psychology Prof. Tahmaseb McConatha.

“West Chester University is pleased to join the Borough of West Chester in an innovative partnership that addresses the well-being and happiness of older citizens in our community,” WCU President Greg R. Weisenstein said on the university’s website.

Read more about the WHO global network and WCU’s project in The Quad here.

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Top photo courtesy of Chester County Planning Commission.