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SHEPHERDSTOWN – The World Health Organization has attained national attention because of its involvement with pandemic issues. However, Shepherdstown residents, as well as its municipal officials, have been addressing ways to keep people living healthy and connected with their town.

Shepherdstown officials are taking those livability steps by becoming part of the WHO Age-Friendly Community program. The international program was started by WHO in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging. The American Association of Retired Persons became affiliated with the program, forming a network of Age-Friendly Communities it could provide assistance to through grants.

“But being an Age-Friendly Community involves all residents not just older residents,” said Shepherdstown Councilman Marty Amerikaner. “We are concerned with safety and the quality of life.”

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