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Preparing the Membership Materials

Here's the application form — and sample letters, resolutions and proclamations

Towns, cities and counties seeking to enroll in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities are required to submit a membership application, as well as a letter of commitment, which must be signed by the jurisdiction’s highest elected official. (For example, the town’s mayor, a county’s administrator, etc.)

Both of these required documents should be provided to the AARP staff member with whom the community has been working. Communities that are working independently may submit their documents via email attachment to Livable@AARP.org.

The Membership Application

The Letter of Commitment

While there is some flexibility in how the letter can be worded, the following commitments must be addressed in the content of the letter.

  1. Establishing mechanisms to involve older people

  2. A baseline assessment of the age-friendliness of the community

  3. The development of a community-wide action plan based on the findings of the assessment

  4. Identification of indicators so progress can be monitored against the action plan

The following letters (downloadable as PDFs) can be used as examples:

In addition to the required membership application and commitment letter, some communities choose to pass a resolution or issue a proclamation.

Sample Resolutions

Sample Proclamations

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