Communities must not only adapt to the rapid growth of their older adult population, but also to the extended longevity this population will enjoy. All sectors of the community—city planners, businesses, faith-based organizations, economic development corporations, neighborhood and other civic organizations, education systems and community centers—must integrate the needs and contributions of people throughout their lifespan into their work as a matter of course, not as an afterthought.
For over a decade, USAging and Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) have been leaders promoting planning for Livable Communities for All Ages—communities that are good places to grow up and good places to grow old. Over this time period, we have conducted community aging readiness surveys, worked one-on-one with community stakeholders to develop and implement livable community agendas, and developed how-to guides and a best practices clearinghouse of community strategies around livable communities issues. Over 70 percent of AAAs surveyed are in the process of developing Livable Communities initiatives, and USAging is providing guidance and technical assistance for this critical work.
- Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What's Working! (2015)
- Maturing of America II: Communities Moving Forward for an Aging Population (2011)
- A Blueprint for Action: Developing a Livable Community for all Ages (2007)
- Maturing of America: Getting Communities On Track for an Aging Population (2005)
- Aging in Place Workshop Reports (From 12 Communities)
- Stanford Center on Longevity’s Livable Community Indicators for Sustainably Aging in Place
- Grantmakers in Aging’s Aging Power Tools: A Curated Selection of Resources to Promote Stronger, Age-Friendly Communities
- Coalition for Smarter Growth’s (Washington, DC region) Moving an Age-Friendly DC: Transportation for All Ages
- The Big Idea in 4 Minutes Whiteboard Video
- AARP Age-Friendly Communities Toolkit
- World Health Organization’s Global Age-Friendly Cities: A Guide