1. Learn about age-friendly communities

Local resources

Age-Friendly Communities in MA
Find out which communities in MA  have joined the WHO/AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, are in the process of exploring this option, or are implementing another age-friendly model.

Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative: Building Momentum for an Age-Friendly Massachusetts
This fact sheet (revised January 2017) provides an overview of how and why the Healthy Aging Collaborative is supporting age-friendly communities in Massachusetts.

Healthy Community Design in MA
Learn more about how incorporating healthy aging principles into community planning, land use, and transportation decisions is critical to supporting healthy aging across the Commonwealth.

Evidence-Based Programs
Learn more about the Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE), which provides the centralized infrastructure for conducting evidence-based programs statewide.

General resources

Checklist of Essential Features of Age-Friendly Cities
Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
Use this checklist to assess how your community is doing in the seven WHO domains of age-friendly cities.

Age-Friendly America Database
Source: Grantmakers in Aging (GIA)
Searchable database of more than 200 programs, to find out what’s going on in your area and nationwide

GIA’s Community AGEnda
Source: Grantmakers in Aging (GIA)
This website provides information about GIA’s age-friendly initiative, including resources to help funders, nonprofits, governments, planners and citizens, as well info about the five communities that have received grants to accelerate their age-friendly efforts.

The Case for Age-Friendly Communities (2016)
Source: GIA
This report sets the stage and provides a value-proposition for age-friendly communities.

Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts
Source: GIA
This resource includes a framework with five sustainability principles for age-friendly communities, as well as best practices and success stories.

AARP Livable Communities
Source: AARP
Learn more about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which is an affiliate of the WHO global network.

Better Together: A Comparative Analysis of Age-Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities
Source: AARP
Learn more about the intersection of the age-friendly and dementia friendly initiatives.

2015 Age-Friendly Report: Inspiring Communities
Source: AARP
This report includes 16 case studios from the U.S. and around the world.

WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities
Source: WHO
The WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities (the Network) was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide striving to better meet the needs of their older residents. Use this website to browse the global network and learn how to join the network.

Global age-friendly cities: A guide (2007)
Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
The purpose of this guide is to engage cities to become more age-friendly. It describes the converging trends of rapid growth of the population over 60 years of age and of urbanization, outlines the challenge facing cities, and summarizes the research process that led to identifying the core features of an age-friendly city.

Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What’s Working (2015)
Source: N4A
This report provides guidance to communities based on key strategies that are successfully advancing efforts to make communities more livable for all ages.

Browse more resources:

  1. Learn about age-friendly communities
  2. Joining an age-friendly community network
  3. Tool kits and guides for getting started
  4. Planning and baseline assessments
  5. Implementation and action plans
  6. Communication and message framing
  7. Other age-friendly community models