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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

Towns, cities, counties and states 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 state's governor, the town’s mayor, a county’s executive, etc.)

The application and letter 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

Download the Membership Application

The application includes automatic membership in the World Health Organization's Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. (An opt-out option is available.)

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

Submitting the Application — and Next Steps

The membership form includes details about how to submit the application. 

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.


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