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Local officials, leaders and residents are important partners

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 in the work involved with being a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

  • 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

Each issue of the award-winning AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter contains a mix of inspiring examples, community resources and information about livability efforts from places near and far. Subscribe today!