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 or even a Proclamation in support of membership in the network.
The Application Process
The membership form includes details about how to submit the application and an accompanying community statement.
Once the application is approved and processed, member materials and resources will be provided by AARP.
The Letter of Commitment
While there is flexibility in how this document can be worded, the following items must be addressed in a Letter of Commitment that is signed by the community's highest elected leader.
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
- A Sample Letter: La Crosse, Wisconsin
A Resolution or Proclamation
In addition to the required membership application and commitment letter, some communities choose to pass a Resolution or issue a Proclamation, both of which are optional but submittable documents for the application.
- Sample Resolutions: Archdale, North Carolina and Newport, Rhode Island
- Sample Proclamation: City of Des Moines and State of Iowa