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

The support and participation of community members is essential to being an age-friendly community. Here are examples of the types of leaders, organizations and residents to engage.

  • Elected officials and key agency staff, such as the town or urban planner, the public works administrator, the bike/pedestrian coordinator, assorted transportation representatives

  • Metropolitan planning organization (MPO) representatives

  • Emergency first responders

  • Main Street organizations, chambers of commerce, downtown development groups

  • Local voluntary non-profit service organizations such as the Rotary Club, Junior League, etc.

  • The area’s tourism bureau, local heritage society or museums

  • Members of the healthcare and fitness community, such as hospitals, YMCAs, disease groups (ALS, heart, lung, diabetes, etc.)

  • Existing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are engaged in the issue, such as bicycle and pedestrian groups

  • Major employers in the community

  • Representatives of community foundations

  • Neighborhood associations

  • School administrators, staff and board members

  • Library staff and board members

  • Senior centers

  • Area agencies on aging

  • Colleges and universities if they are in the community. (Pursue the involvement of subject experts and as well as the school’s community relations person.)

  • Local smart growth and environmental groups

Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit Resources 


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Resources from the 2015 conference.

The Annual Conference

Each fall, AARP Livable Communities hosts a conference of community representatives and AARP staff. Download the presentations and materials from each of our annual learning events: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013