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Joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities Skip to content

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Joining the Network

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

Communities seeking to enroll in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and 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 governor, the mayor, the county executive.) Communities with council or commission forms of government typically pass a resolution in support of membership in the network.

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Sample membership certificate


An enrollment certificate is issued once a community’s application has been reviewed and accepted by AARP.*

The Application Process

The membership form includes details about how to submit the application and accompanying commitment letter, resolution or proclamation. 

Once the application is approved and processed, member materials and resources will be provided by AARP. For questions prior to or after enrolling, please email or contact the AARP office in your state.

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

* Membership in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities includes an automatic — but optional — membership in the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

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