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AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit

Step 2: Planning

Now that your community is in the network, it’s time to act

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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:

Key steps to include in the planning phase:

  1. Establish mechanisms for involving older people in all stages of the age-friendly cities and communities process (e.g., create an advisory citizens’ committee)

  2. Conduct a comprehensive and inclusive baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of the community

  3. Develop a three-year community-wide action plan based on assessment findings

  4. Identify indicators to monitor progress against this plan

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