Recovery Efforts and the 8 Domains of Livability
The WHO framework identifies eight domains of livability that support active and healthy aging in a community. For a community faced with the complex task of rebuilding itself, the framework can be a useful tool for assessing and planning that effort — for the benefit of both older residents and residents of all ages.
Further, the WHO checklist of essential community features is a useful resource for identifying key areas where improvements to the community can be included in the rebuilding. The eight livability domains, and what they include, are as follows:
1. Outdoor spaces and buildings: The community’s recreational locations and facilities are safe and accessible
2. Transportation: The community features a variety of safe and affordable modes of private and public transportation
3. Housing: The community has a range of housing options, of varying styles and costs
4. Social participation: Residents have access to leisure and cultural activities, and there are opportunities for older residents to participate in social and civic engagement with both their peers and younger people
5. Respect and social inclusion: The community has programs that support and promote ethnic and cultural diversity, as well as programs that encourage multigenerational interaction and dialogue
6. Civic participation and employment: The community provides options for residents, including older residents, to engage in paid work and volunteer activities and to be involved in the formulation of policies relevant to their lives
7. Communication and information: Residents have access to the use of technology to stay connected to the community, friends and family, both near and far
8. Community support and health services: Residents have access to medical care, homecare services (when needed) and programs and places that promote wellness and activity
Jeanne Anthony is a senior program advisor for AARP Livable Communities.
LOOK and LEARN
Our slideshow and downloads of the infographic (pictured above) can help explain how FEMA's Recovery Support Functions and the 8 Domains of Livability align and complement one another.
The AARP Livable Communities Recovery Tool Kit
- Part 1: Livable Communities and Community Rebuilding
- Part 2: Livable Land-Use, Housing and Transportation Principles
- Part 3: AARP Livable Communities Rebuilding Resources
- Recovery Efforts and the 8 Domains of Livability
Published January 2015