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Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities encourages states, cities, towns and counties to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults.

By doing so, these communities are better equipped to become great places, and even lifelong homes, for people of all ages. (Go ahead and take a look at The Member List now. Then come back to this page.) 

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The Tool Kit

  • explains the milestones for initiating and achieving membership in the network
  • provides examples for developing plans that are unique to each  community
  • offers guidance for how to develop a framework that links back to an action plan
  • identifies the necessary indicators and data sources that support the evaluation phases

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities was launched in April 2012 and operates under the auspices of the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program. The tool kit can be adapted as needed by AARP state offices, municipal and local governments, non-profit organizations, community partners and volunteers.

An Introduction

Step 1: Enrolling

Step 2: Information Gathering and Planning

Step 3: Take Action! Implement the Plan

Step 4: Evaluate the Work and Progress

If after reviewing this tool kit you still have questions about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, please email Livable@AARP.org and put "NAFSC Tool Kit" in the subject line.

Additional Resources

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AARP Livable Communities National Conference

Each fall, AARP Livable Communities hosts a conference of community representatives and AARP staff. Download the presentations and materials from each of our annual learning events: 20172016 | 2015 2014 | 2013

Find information and inspiration for local leaders at AARP.org/livable

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