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.

Learn more about age-friendly communities in Massachusetts

Browse the age-friendly tool kit

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.