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The 8 Domains of Livability: Case Studies

Two "good practice" examples from each domain provide information and inspiration

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Age-Friendly Report: Inspiring Communities

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By 2050 more than 20 percent of the world's population will be age 60 or older. Because of that, many cities, towns and communities across the globe are already working to address the needs of their older residents and prepare for future generations.

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AARP International looked at efforts in the United States and worldwide to identify projects and programs that are worth sharing and, when possible, replicating.The Age-Friendly Report: Inspiring Communities presents a collection of age-friendly "good practices."

We call them "good" rather than "best" practices simply because we can’t possibly compare every age-friendly initiative in the world, nor would we want to. After all, any community effort to effectively meet the needs of older residents is a welcome one.

The 16 communities featured in the report are working toward becoming more age-friendly, either as a member of the U.S.-based AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities or the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities — or both.

The report is organized according to which of the World Health Organization’s "8 Domains of Age-Friendliness" (referred to in the U.S. as the "8 Domains of Livability") the work most represents. However, since the efforts underway in each community touch upon needs in multiple domains, we identify those sub-domains as well. Individually and together, the case studies show the inspiring work now underway to meet the needs of older adults. Creating great places for people of all ages enables older residents to participate in community life.

Domain 1: Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

Domain 2: Transportation

Domain 3: Housing

Domain 4: Social Participation

Domain 5: Respect and Social Inclusion

Domain 6: Civic Participation and Employment

Domain 7: Communication and Information

Domain 8: Community and Health Services


Published August 2015 / Project Manager: Natalie Turner (AARP International), Editor: Melissa Stanton (AARP Livable Communities), Researcher: Caroline D. Bergeron (DrPH-c, MSc, University of South Carolina)


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