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The AARP Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit

Age-friendly towns, cities and counties are great for people of all ages. Our self-service guide explains how your community can join this World Health Organization-affiliated program


Small town main street. Livable Communities.

An age-friendly community is a livable community for people of all ages. — Getty

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.


AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities: An Introduction

Learn about the program’s creation, members and how to join. Read


Step 1: Getting Started

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


Step 2: Planning (Year 1 - 2)

Tips for how to put together an action plan and assess community needs by gathering baseline information and establishing indicators. Read


Step 3: Implementation (Year 3 - 4)

Here’s how to successfully transition from the planning to implementation phase to forming program strategies. Read


Step 4: Evaluation (Year 4 - 5)

Advice for how to develop and assess an evaluation framework that links back to the action plan. Read


Step 5: Connecting (Years 1 - 5+)

Find resources about how communities can support one another’s efforts within the national and international networks. Read


Additional Resources


  • The Member List: See the current roster of enrolled communities in the United States as well as their action plans and other information

  • Preparing the Membership Materials: Find the membership application, sample letters of commitment, resolutions and more






8 Features of an Age-Friendly Community

From the "8 Domains of Livability" slideshow.

Collage of AARP Livable Communities reports

Resources from the 2015 conference.


Each fall, AARP Livable Communities hosts an age-friendly conference of community representatives and AARP staff. Download the presentations and materials from each of our annual learning events:

If after reviewing this tool kit you still have questions about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, please email and put "NAFC Tool Kit" in the subject line.

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