Mayor Keller, AARP Associate for Age-Pleasant Designation Whereas Unveiling New Health Heart Addition at Palo Duro — Metropolis of Albuquerque
July 1, 2021 – Mayor Tim Keller was joined by AARP New Mexico State Director, Joseph Sanchez, Department of Senior Affairs Director, Anna Sanchez, and other city guides to design a new 2,000-square-foot extension for the Palo Duro 50+ Sports and Fitness Center reveal. The unveiling of the space is dedicated to a partner initiative with AARP to promote the development of age-appropriate and livable communities.
“One of the best things a city can do is treat its elderly residents. Acceptance of the age-friendly award for Albuquerque signals our ongoing efforts to create inclusive spaces and enable all age groups to thrive here in our city. ” said Mayor Tim Keller. “The Palo Duro 50+ Fitness Sports and Center expands Albuquerque’s health and wellness resources and supports active living for adults aged 50 and over.”
The AARP Age-Friendly Designation helps ensure that local leaders commit to improving the quality of life to support all age groups. This is beneficial to the communities as the guidelines address issues such as improving community life, land use, housing, and transportation – anything that will facilitate local aging.
“The vast majority of people aged 65 or older want to stay in their current home or community as they get older,” said Joseph P. Sanchez, AARP State Director of New Mexico. “Staying healthy plays a major role in this. The “Age-friendly” initiative promotes eight priority areas that are necessary for local aging – including health services, social participation and community involvement. These spaces, like the Palo Duro addition, help continue to meet those needs. AARP is delighted that Mayor Keller and the city guides are committed to creating a city where people age at home and can thrive in their communities. “
“Our mission is to help older people accept aging by creating opportunities to promote happy and healthy lives,” said Anna Sanchez, Director of Senior Affairs, “The capabilities of the Palo Duro addition in conjunction with the Age-Friendly award will ensure we continue to promote the importance of improving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”
The Palo Duro 50+ Sports and Fitness Center is located on the grounds of the Albuquerque Public School and adjacent to the McKinley Community Center. It is operated by the Albuquerque City Department of Senior Affairs. Most of the funding for this project was provided by the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department in the form of a $ 912,500 grant. The contractor of the project is Consolidated Builders and the architect is FBT Architects. The extension is equipped with new TRX suspension training equipment and offers space for training courses from high-impact to low-impact such as aerobics and tai chi, and adds additional toilets to the facility.