The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages states, cities, towns and counties 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.
By doing so, these communities are better equipped to become great places, and even lifelong homes, for people of all ages.
(Go ahead and take a look at The Member List now. Then come back to this page.)
Age-friendly or livable communities have features such as walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.
The tool kit ...
- explains the milestones for initiating and achieving membership in the network
- provides examples for developing plans that are unique to each community
- offers guidance for how to develop a framework that links back to an action plan
- identifies the necessary indicators and data sources that support the evaluation phases
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities was launched in April 2012 and operates under the auspices of the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. The tool kit can be adapted as needed by AARP state offices, municipal and local governments, non-profit organizations, community partners and volunteers.
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
PREPARING THE MEMBERSHIP MATERIALS
All applications to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities must include:
- The completed membership application form
- A "letter of commitment" from the community's highest-ranking elected official
- A digital file image that represents the community (e.g. a city seal, logo or iconic photograph)
Learn more and find the enrollment documents: "Preparing the Membership Materials"
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
If after reviewing this tool kit you still have questions about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put "NAFC Tool Kit" in the subject line.
AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES TOOL KIT 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
- AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Program Cycle
Download a visual overview of the program’s steps and elements
- AARP Age-Friendly Resource Guide
A selection of key resources to support age-friendly communities through all stages of the program cycle
- World Health Organization Guide to Age-Friendly Cities
Download this 82-page guide for a deep dive into the program
- Better Together: A Comparative Analysis of Age-Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities
Read an AARP report and find links to related resources
- Age-Friendly Foundations
These funding organizations are helping make communities more livable
- Evaluating Your Age-Friendly Community Program: A Step-by-Step Guide
Use this resource when you're identifying indicators in your action plan
- Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts
Learn how to maintain ongoing success
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