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AARP Network of
Age-Friendly Communities

an affiliate of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities


Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor
AARP Office of International Affairs

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities was established in 2012 to support cities and communities across the US to better meet the needs of all residents as they age.   Communities in the AARP network commit to a process of continual improvement and engagement to enhance active-aging and quality of life for residents of all ages.   

The network is an affiliate of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities which developed a framework of assessment covering eight domains of city and community livability.

AARP has over 60 years’ experience of supporting communities in the US to become great places for all ages and has a range of expertise, resources, case studies and publications.  A toolkit has been developed to support AARP network members through each step in the process of becoming more age-friendly.

Selection of AARP International's partners working on Age-Friendly Communities: 

WHO - Age-Friendly World Website

Age-Friendly Counties, Ireland  

UK (Manchester UK, Valuing Older People)

Australian Age-Friendly Cities and Communities

Public Health Agency Canada

AFE Innovnet - European Network 

Francophone Network of Age-Friendly Communities



2015 Age-Friendly Report - Inspiring Communities

AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Map  

Age-Friendly 2014 World Tour

AARP Livable Community Resources and Age-Friendly Toolkit

Evaluating Your Age-Friendly Community: A Step-by-Step Guide

AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Booklet

WHO Guide to Age-Friendly Cities 

Launch of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities
April 2012



The Journal

Age-Friendly Communities
by Debra B Whitman
Executive Vice President for Policy, Strategy, and International Affairs, AARP

Manchester: A City of Firsts
by Susan Cooley
Lord Mayor, City of Manchester, United Kingdom

A Vision for Age-Friendly Boston
by Martin Walsh
Mayor, City of Boston

Supporting Age-Friendly Efforts
by Louise Plouffe and Ina Voelcker
International Longevity Centre (ILC), Brazil

City of Elderly Love: Philadelphia, an Age-Friendly and Accessible City
by Michael A. Nutter
Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Medellín: An Innovative and Inclusion-Oriented City
by Bernardo Alejandro Guerra Hoyos
President, Medellîn City Council

Dementia-Friendly Banking
by Graeme Whippy
Senior Disability Manager, Lloyds Banking Group

Building an 8-80 City
by Gil Penalosa
Executive Director, 8-80 Cities

Road Safety for Seniors
by Frank Leyhausen
Head of Think Tank, Deutsche Seniorenliga

Best Practices
Age-Friendly Examples from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Japan, and the US

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