Broome County wants to be known for being a great place for senior citizens.
County Executive Jason Garner joined the Office for Aging to announce that Broome is applying to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
The Network includes cities and counties across the nation who create neighborhoods that are inclusive and accessible to older adults.
Director of the Office for Aging Lisa Schuhle says that this area has many great opportunities for its older residents and will continue to add more.
“You don’t have to move to Florida to have a great place to live we can’t control with weather obviously but we really do have a lot of great resources and it really is a nice place and we want to keep enhancing that and continue on in that and to show we really do value our older residents,” said Schuhle.
Schuhle added that they are anticipating a rise from 22 percent of the county’s population being over the age of 60 to 28 percent by 2020.
New York State was the first state to receive the age-friendly designation.
Broome County seeks to be one of the first counties to gain it.