Arnold Commission on Aging and Disabilities chairman Bill Knittig, left, and Mayor Ron Counts, accept the city’s certificate declaring it part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities from Sheila Holm, community outreach director for AARP in St. Louis, at a Feb. 20 City Council meeting.

Arnold Commission on Aging and Disabilities chairman Bill Knittig, left, and Mayor Ron Counts, accept a certificate declaring it part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities from Sheila Holm, community outreach director for AARP in St. Louis.

It’s official. Arnold is an “Age Friendly Community.”

The city received a certificate from the AARP late last month declaring it an “Age Friendly Community."

Shelia Holm, community outreach director for AARP in St. Louis, presented the certificate during a Feb. 20 City Council meeting. She gave the certificate to Bill Knittig, Arnold Commission on Aging and Disabilities chairman, and Mayor Ron Counts.

Arnold is the only city in Missouri to receive the designation. The only other community in the state with the same designation is St. Louis County.

The city joined the program in January 2018. The goal of the program, which is sponsored by the World Health Organization and the AARP, is to make the city better for all age groups by helping communities develop outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; community support; and health services.

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