Cutler Bay, Age-Friendly Town, Florida

“Because our games are sanctioned, we actually got people from Texas just to play pickleball,” says Kimberly Thomas, Cutler Bay Events and Programs Coordinator. Other sports in the competition include tennis, basketball, billiards, table tennis, horseshoe and swimming.

City resident and elder friend committee chair José Rodriguez first participated in the games because he was invited to do so by a participant who needed a shuffleboard partner.

“At first I thought, ‘A shuffleboard? I’m not that old! ‘ But I gained a greater appreciation for the game, ”says Rodriguez. “For three years now we have won gold and none have been an easy victory.”

The games benefit Cutler Bay, he adds, as they allow the city to promote its age-friendly initiative and give residents a sense of community. “As we get older, there are fewer opportunities to engage socially with others,” he says. “The games provide that.”

Cutler Bay CarFit

“CarFit is specially designed for older people to make sure they ‘fit’ their vehicle and have all the resources available to improve their safety,” says Desiree Ducasa, a city worker.

During the Cutler Bay Annual Meeting CarFit event, Florida Department of Transportation staff walk senior drivers through a 12-point checklist on their vehicles. Among the items on the list: adjusting mirrors to minimize blind spots; ensure the correct position of the foot on the accelerator and brake pedals; seated within 10 inches of the steering wheel.

Golf carts hit the road

In 2010, Cutler Bay passed an ordinance allowing golf carts on city streets. Five years later, authorities extended the use of trolleys to the city’s two-lane roads. Drivers of golf carts must obey the same traffic rules as drivers of any other motor vehicle.

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