Livable Communities

FIRST: Boosting Dementia Capability through Cognitive Screening
County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services
A 2020 Innovations Winner, n4a Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards. 

DRCOG’s Boomer Bond
Denver Regional Council of Governments
A 2016 Innovations Winner, n4a Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards. 

Dementia Friendly Communities—ACT on Alzheimer’s
Minnesota Association of Area Agencies on Aging
A 2015 Innovations Winner, n4a Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards. 

HomeShare Program
Ventura County Area Agency on Aging
A 2015 Innovations Winner, n4a Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards

Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH II)
United Way's Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County
A 2015 Innovations Winner, n4a Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards

Neighborhood Collaborative Initiative
Central Plains Area Agency on Aging
A 2013 Innovations Winner, n4a Aging Innovations & Achievement Awards.

Best Practices Identified by n4a's Livable Communities Collaborative

Community Gardens and Senior Health
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Corporation on Aging connects seniors with gardening programs to keep them active and engaged.

Dementia-Friendly Businesses
Watertown, Wisconsin
On a journey to become one of the first dementia-aware communities in the United States, Watertown sets its focus on business.

The Age-Friendly Local Business Initiative
New York City, New York
An educational outreach campaign in New York City gives businesses a boost in attracting and retaining older customers.

Swampscott High School and Senior Center
Swampscott, Massachusetts
In a town with the same number of seniors as households with children, opportunities for intergenerational interaction abound.

Planning a Lifelong Community
Mableton, Georgia
The Mableton Master Plan and Smart Code envision the historic community's future as a walkable town center for people of all ages.

Age to Age Kindergarten
Coffeyville, Kansas
A local school district and a nursing home work together to provide a unique intergenerational kindergarten program.

Grandfamily Housing
Bronx, New York
The Grandfamily Apartments are an innovative housing development coupled with supportive services for grandparents raising their grandchildren.

WellElder Program
San Francisco Bay Area, California
WellElder is a supportive service program helping older residents in federally-subsidized housing stay healthy in their affordable homes.

York, Pennsylvania
In York, Pennsylvania, students build relationships with older adults while earning a little extra cash. 

Síclovía, an Open Streets Festival
San Antonio, Texas
To make a splash in the community, the Alamo Area Age Well Live Well program partnered with the YMCA to help older adults enjoy walking, cycling and all types of fun.

Walk Wise, Drive Smart 
Hendersonville, North Carolina
A neighborhood-based project creating pedestrian-friendly environments.

Safe Routes for Seniors
Santa Barbara County, California
Senior pedestrians provide the local government with critical data on where capital improvement projects will improve safety.‚Äč

USAging Fact: Learn about your peers’ work—and how it can fit into your agency’s goals! The AIA Awards recognizes successful and innovative programs that USAging members have developed to serve older adults. Get inspiration from our 2024 winners!