Age-friendly communities strive to better meet the needs of their older residents by considering the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. These programs seek to offer older adults a wider range of choices that make it possible for them to “age in community.”
Communities may consider several pathways to become more age-friendly, such a joining an age-friendly network or adopting evidence-informed models that support healthy aging across the lifespan. Each city or town may explore the approach that works best for its community.
One option is to join an age-friendly network. The WHO established a Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities to support communities who are taking active steps toward becoming more age-friendly. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is the U.S. affiliate of the WHO network.
This tool kit includes tools and resources to help communities in MA learn more about what it means to be age-friendly, how to join an age-friendly network, and how to move forward with assessment, implementation, and evaluation.