Age-Friendly Chemung County is committed to making our community an attractive place to live and age well. We envision a community that encourages active and healthy living and provides a more accessible, affordable and socially engaging place for people of all ages.

Chemung County was designated as an Age-Friendly Community in December 2012, when it became the first upstate New York community to be admitted into the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities®. The network began as an international effort in 2006 to help communities prepare for a growing aging population. AARP established an agreement with the World Health Organization to identify communities for membership and, in 2012, launched the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

More recently, the City and Town of Elmira, the Town of Big Flats, and the Town of Southport were admitted into the Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

Addressing the needs and benefits of residents of all ages is integral to the well-being of our community. The Age-Friendly Chemung County initiative is backed by a coalition of dedicated citizens, government agencies and community partners. The coalition is developing community offerings in the areas of:

Access the Age-Friendly Chemung County Action Plan by clicking here.


PSB LogoOur Logo: The Chemung County Age-Friendly Community Coalition would like to thank Polly Smith-Blackwell of PS Graphic Design and Photography for her generous time and talent in designing our beautiful logo.

The Age-Friendly Chemung County logo includes a faceted image repres enting the eight domains identified by the World Health Organization as important to an Age-Friendly Community, and symbolizes the connection and overlap between each domain.  The logo was also designed for use by municipalities within Chemung County who have achieved Age-Friendly Community designation, which currently includes the City of Elmira, the Town of Elmira and the Town of Big Flats.  The Town of Southport recently began the process to achieve Age-Friendly Community designation.