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AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

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.

Assessment and Planning

  • 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.

Communications

Age-Friendly Businesses

  • Thunder Bay, Canada offers age-friendly business guides and checklist.

Evaluation

  • The MetLife Mature Market Institute in partnership with the Stanford University Center on Longevity has developed an initial list of indicators that can be measured using information that is readily available and adaptable to local governments.  
  •  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.

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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