Circulate San Diego partnered with San Diego State University's Social Policy Institute to work with AARP and the City of La Mesa and create the Livable La Mesa Age-Friendly Action Plan. The City of La Mesa launched the Livable La Mesa project through AARP’s Livable Communities Initiative, with support from The San Diego Foundation Age-Friendly Communities Program in fall 2018. This initiative is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for their own and the world’s growing population of older adults. AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities targets improvements in eight domains that influence the health and quality of life of older adults. Over the course of 12 months, and with input from the La Mesa residents, the Livable La Mesa team prepared this Action Plan to help make La Mesa a more livable community for all ages.
During the process, Circulate helped lead the community engagement effort to evaluate the livability of La Mesa, which included an online assessment of livability perceptions, a series of listening sessions, and action planning meetings with the community and City staff to create the Action Plan. The results of the engagement efforts led to the creation of the Livable La Mesa Action Plan and the plan being adopted by the La Mesa City Council in October 2019. Over the next three years, City staff and community partners will work on implementing policies and programs outlines within the Action Plan.
Circulate enjoyed working on this planning effort and becoming emersed in the Age-Friendly Initiative. Since the completion of this project, Circulate has continued working on Age-Friendly work with the cities of National City and Carlsbad.