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Preparing the Membership Materials

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

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

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

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 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

Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit Resources 


  • The Member List
    See the current roster of enrolled communities in the United States as well as their action plans and other information

  • Preparing the Membership Materials
    Find the membership application, sample letters of commitment, resolutions and more







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