Brownsville makes effort to become more "age-friendly"

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 4:55pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 8:23am

Brownsville is teaming up with the American Association of Retired Persons in an effort to make the city more "age-friendly".

The World Health Organization and the AARP are trying to make Brownsville a more enjoyable city for all of its citizens.

The city is encouraging various improvements that will make the community better for all age groups, like having more people volunteer in community outreach programs.

"A Brownsville family not only includes, you know, the parents, the aunts, the uncles, the children, but also the grandparents, the great aunts and the great uncles," said Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez. "And so, it's all a collaborative, inclusive type of process, but I think it's very important to get that environment across."

"The age-friendly designation creates a framework, and it's a framework within which Brownsville and the citizens of Brownsville can make their own decision about what they want to do, about what steps they want to take to make their community as good as it can be," said director of AARP Texas Bob Jackson.

New stats from the AARP show that the number of Americans over age 65 will double by 2030.

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