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Jackson joins AARP's list of Age-Friendly States and Communities

JACKSON, Miss., (WJTV)- The AARP and the city of Jackson formed a new partnership in addressing the needs of Jackson seniors. 

 In a news conference with representatives from the AARP, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says the city a responsibility to make life comfortable for all citizens especially the seniors. 

“Jackson actually has a senior demographic that we’re finding is coming to live in Jackson," Lumumba said. 

The Mayor adds, part of creating a welcoming environment is to utilize space never thought to be used before such as the new 'parklet' on Congress Street.  

 “This is all consistent with city’s vision of having a city that’s welcoming," said Lumumba. "Having a city to enjoy that has a diversity of offerings.”

AARP says creating a partnership with Jackson makes sense because it's the capitol of Mississippi and the most populist. 

 “Jackson impacts 167,000 lives , of those 167,000 lives 50 plus population equals 48,015," Gwendolyn Prater from AARP said. 

 One of the biggest concerns from residents are the lack of sidewalks in Jackson. The mayor says the city is addressing it. 

He said, “We have to ensure that people travel safely throughout the city of Jackson not only do we want to ensure that we have safe conditions in terms of side walks but the projects you see going on."


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