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Welcome to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities


  • The population of the United States is rapidly aging.
  • By 2030, one of every five people in the U.S. will be 65 or older.
  • By 2035, the number of adults older than 65 will be greater than the number of children under 18.

That’s why AARP staff and volunteers are working throughout the nation to engage and mobilize communities, share expertise, and deliver technical assistance to the towns, cities, counties and states in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

The work that happens within the network — which is a program within the larger AARP Livable Communities initiative — is hands-on and locally determined and directed.

The common thread among the enrolled communities and states is the belief that the places where we live are more livable, and better able to support people of all ages, when local leaders commit to improving the quality of life for the very young, the very old, and everyone in between.

AARP engages with elected officials, partner organizations and local leaders to guide communities through the age-friendly network’s assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation processes.

People of all ages benefit from the adoption of policies and programs that make neighborhoods walkable, feature transportation options, enable access to key services, provide opportunities to participate in community activities, and support housing that’s affordable and adaptable.

Well-designed, age-friendly communities foster economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages.

The Member List

AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

The blue pins represent the state- and territory-level members. The red pins indicate the enrolled towns, cities and counties.


The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities was established in April 2012 as an independent affiliate of the World Health Organization Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Find this page again by using the URL AARP.org/AgeFriendly

1. Getting Started

AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

Introduction

An age-friendly community is a livable community for people of all ages

AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities covers

The Introductory Booklet

Download or order this free publication

The Age-Friendly Process and Program Cycle

The Program Cycle

The work toward age-friendly livability involves a continuous process of improvement

Online Membership Application

Joining the Network

Information about the membership application and required materials

2. Learning More

The 8 Domains of Livability

The 8 Domains of Livability

Communities can use this framework to become more livable for older adults and people of all ages

About the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

Training Videos

Information about the program for community representatives

NAFSC States and Communities October 2019

Age-Friendly Community Resources

Links and materials that inform and support member communities through all stages of the program cycle

Next-Door Neighbors, Front Porches, Livable Communities

Age-Friendly Network Article Archive

Stories, slideshows, interviews and more about the member states, counties, cities and towns

3. Taking Action

Two reports and a map from Age-Friendly Erie

Creating a Community Action Plan

An action plan is a living and evolving work plan

Making Plans, Taking Action

At a Glance

A quick look (via a sharable, downloadable handout) at the work and achievements of communities in the network

The Crossings, Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Actions and Impacts

The achievements rack up as a community reaches or exceeds its fifth year of membership

Senior Shopping Hours During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Age-Friendly and COVID-19

A look at how communities in the network are serving older adults during the global pandemic

A-Z Archive