The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities program encourages states, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults.
This tool kit provides a basis for guiding, supporting and evaluating age-friendly initiatives in communities that participate in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which was launched in April 2012 and operates under
the auspices of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program.
(If you're curious, you can take a look at The Member List now and then come back to this page.)
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit can be adapted as needed by AARP state offices, municipal and local governments, non-profit organizations, community partners and volunteers. The toolkit’s framework explains the milestones for initiating and achieving membership in the network; provides examples for developing plans that are unique to a community’s circumstances and environments; offers guidance for how to develop a framework that links back to an action plan; and identifies the necessary indicators and data sources that support the evaluation phases.
Learn about the program’s creation, members and how to join. Read
Review the World Health Organizations “8 Domains of Livability” and other information to determine whether your community is ready to begin the process of enrolling in the network. Read
Tips for how to put together an action plan and assess community needs by gathering baseline information and establishing indicators. Read
Here’s how to successfully transition from the planning to implementation phase to forming program strategies. Read
Advice for how to develop and assess an evaluation framework that links back to the action plan. Read
Find resources about how communities can support one another’s efforts within the national and international networks. Read
- For the current roster of enrolled communities in the United States as well as their action plans, see The Member List
- For a visual overview of the program’s steps and elements, see the infographic AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Program Cycle (PDF)
- For a visual presentation of the World Health Organization's domains, see the slideshow "The 8 Domains of Livability"
- This guide will help when you reach Phase 4. Evaluating Your Age-Friendly Community Program: A Step-by-Step Guide (PDF)
- For a selection of key resources to support age-friendly communities through all stages of the program cycle, see the AARP Age-Friendly Resource Guide
- Find the membership application, sample letters of commitment, resolutions and more by visiting "Preparing the Membership Materials"
If after reviewing this tool kit you still have questions about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, please email email@example.com and put "NAFC Tool Kit" in the subject line.