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 toolkit 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.
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Toolkit 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 “Eight 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 a visual overview of the program’s steps and elements, see the infographic AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Program Cycle (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.
- For the current roster of member communities in the United States, see AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities: The Member List.
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.