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Contact: 412-445-0009,

Address: 112 Sherman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15209


Typically Meets in: Pittsburgh Region


The Age-Friendly Challenge provides development support and financial awards to inspire the Greater Pittsburgh community to rethink how our communities work and make them more inclusive and respectful of every generation. 



Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh is a collaborative initiative started in 2015 through the leadership of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging (SWPPA). Over the following two years, 90 residents participated in Aging Your Way workshops and 147 leaders representing 84 organizations met to discuss how to make our communities work better for everyone. The resulting Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh Action Plan outlines a framework to improve our region around three focus areas: Access, Connection, and Innovation. In order to catalyze action around these focus areas, Lively Pittsburgh is leading the Age-Friendly Challenge: a project development and award competition to support creative ideas which make our region better for all. 



March - April 2018: Recruitment of interested community members, organizations, and businesses (registration coming soon)


May 2018: Age-Friendly Challenge Workshop to meet and build project plan


June - August 2018: Project planning and development supported by Lively Pittsburgh


September 2018: Age-Friendly Challenge Pitch & Awards including cash prizes for select projects to implement their work



Successful projects will address one or more of the Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh Action Plan strategies. You can find more details and specific goals in the action plan report.

  1. Access: improve entry points, participation, and navigation to new options and opportunities - within neighborhoods and health systems - for people of all ages and abilities
  2. Connection: strengthen intergenerational relationships to combat social isolation and loneliness, creating spaces that encourage coming together and celebrating initiatives that put relationships first
  3. Innovation: champion meaningful technology and ideas that enable people to age in community, and help people of all ages collaborate with our region's growing tech industry


The Age-Friendly Challenge is an initiative of Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh in partnership with SWPPA through the support of the Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation. 

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