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Age-Friendly Resource Guide

Websites and materials for and about being an age-friendly community

This is a selection of key online resources that support age-friendly communities through all stages of the program cycle. If you're aware of additional resources worth including on this list, please let us know. Email us at livable@aarp.org.

AARP Resources

Websites and Web Pages

  • AgeFriendlyWorld.org: Information, resources, events and discussions about age-friendly communities and the global network. The site is hosted by International Federation of Ageing with assistance from the WHO. It provides access to a range of helpful resources with facts and figures on the impact of global aging. They also provide links to upcoming conferences and events.
  • Age-Friendly New York City: Tools, resources and information. A particularly useful resource is their 2013 report on progress across 59 initiatives.

World Health Organization (WHO)

General Tool Kits

  • A rich and helpful 81-page resource prepared as a toolkit to help New York City neighborhoods become more age friendly.
  • A World Health Organization toolkit for age-friendly primary health care centers.
  • This guide and toolkit was developed by the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Mount Saint Vincent University and the Public Health Agency of Canada to assist communities to start, implement and evaluate their age-friendly initiatives.

  • From the UK Urban Ageing Consortium, a guide for cities, boroughs, towns, counties, partners and communites, based on the experiences of Manchester, England (PDF).

Assessment and Planning

  • How to Create a Community Action Plan is the first in a webinar series for members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The one-hour presentation can be accessed and watched at your convienience.

  • The AARP Survey of Community Residents Age 50 and Older is available in English and Spanish and can be adapted by communities to help assess available resources and what residents view as important for successfully aging in place. The survey is designed to capture information consistent with the eight domains of a livable community as identified by the World Health Organization.
  • A baseline survey of Canberra, Australia as an age-friendly city.

Evaluation

  •  New York City 2011 report showing progress against strategic plan.

  • Canberra (Australia) report on progress against strategic plan, contains a good example of an evaluation framework using indicators.

Communications

Age-Friendly Businesses

  • Thunder Bay, Canada offers age-friendly business guides and checklist.
  • No and Low-cost business improvements from Age-Friendly NYC.
  • One page document on how to be an age-friendly business from Age-Friendly NYC.

Ideas and Tips

  • The Dublin Declaration, Ireland.  The written commitment to age-friendly cities and communities with space for signatures by leaders and elected officials.
  • University of Kansas Community Toolbox contains tools for community development initiatives like 'age friendly' and covers the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation stages of a community program.

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