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The World Health Organization's Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities has identified eight domains of livability that influence the quality of life of older adults.
The domains are also used as a framework and starting point by the U.S.-based towns, cities and counties that belong to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
As a centralized source for information, examples and strategies about how programs and policies that work can help a community become more age-friendly, the following links will connect you to fact sheets, tool kits, guides, reports and more about each of the domains.
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
The content within each domain package is categorized into three groups by level of difficulty, with the first group generally being the easiest reads for people new to this work and the third featuring deeper, data- and policy-heavy papers and reports.
Communities can use these resources to help come up with initiative ideas and pursue effective strategies during the Planning, Implementation and Evaluation phases of the age-friendly communities process.
To learn even more about the 8 Domains of Livability:
- Watch our "8 Domains of Livability" slideshow
- Download the World Health Organization's "Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide"
- View the "Checklist of Features of Age-Friendly Cities"
- Read "case study" examples of work being done in the domains
- Use the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit to implement livability efforts
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