4. Planning and baseline assessments

Local resources

local resource Assessing the Age-Friendliness of Your Community (2015)
Source: MA Healthy Aging Collaborative
This blog post outlines five steps and associated resources for communities in MA when deciding to conduct a community assessment.

local resource MA Healthy Aging Data Report (2015)
Source: MA Healthy Aging Collaborative
Download a Community Profile for each of the state’s 351 cities and towns, plus the 16 neighborhoods in Boston. Use the profiles and the Highlights Report to learn more about the needs of old adults in your community.

local resource Other MA Data Sources  (2015)
Source: MA Healthy Aging Collaborative
Find other state and national data to complement the Healthy Aging Data Report.

Embracing Equity In Community Health Improvement
Source: Health Resources in Action (HRiA)
This report includes guidance on how to form a leadership team to conduct an assessment, build an evidence-based plan, implement and evaluate the plan, and then plan for sustainability and communication.


National resources

AARP Livability Index (2015)
Source: AARP
This online tool provides a livability score for any location in the U.S. and measures quality of life across many dimensions: housing, transportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunity, and civic and social engagement. The tool is a great companion to the MA Healthy Aging Data Report.

AARP Community Survey Tool (2014)
Source: AARP
This questionnaire, available in both English and Spanish, can be adapted by communities to help assess available resources and what residents view as important for successfully aging in place. The survey is designed to capture information consistent with the eight domains of a livable community as identified by the WHO.

Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities (2007)
Source: World Health Organization
The checklist is a tool for a city’s self-assessment and a map for charting progress.

WHO Age-friendly Cities Project Methodology – the Vancouver Protocol (2014)
Source: World Health Organization
The purpose of this document is to guide groups who wish to use the same research approach to assess their community’s age-friendliness as a basis to identify areas for action.

Building Great Communities: Consider an Age-Friendly Community Assessment 
Source: Grantmakers in Aging (GIA)
This resource helps communities think through the steps in undertaking an age-friendly community assessment, which can be used as a tools for engaging stakeholders and finding funding.


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