Once enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities a community has two years to develop an action plan.
The action plan is based on assessments that are conducted within the community to identify needs within the eight domains the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified as influencing the health and quality of life of older adults.
See these World Health Organization documents:
- World Health Organization Checklist of Essential Features of Age-Friendly Cities (PDF)
- World Health Organization Guide to Age-Friendly Cities (PDF)
Key steps to include in the planning phase:
- Establish mechanisms for involving older people in all stages of the age-friendly cities and communities process (e.g., create an advisory citizens’ committee)
- Conduct a comprehensive and inclusive baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of the community
- Develop a three-year community-wide action plan based on assessment findings
- Identify indicators to monitor progress against this plan
- The AARP Age-Friendly Resource Guide's assessment and planning section
- Embracing an Age-Diverse Austin (PDF)
- District of Columbia Baseline Assessment (PDF)
- Australian Capital Territories (ACT) Strategic Plan for Positive Ageing 2010-2014 (PDF)
Next Step: Implementation. »