Age-Friendly Funding Initiative

Age-Friendly Community Initiatives

This report is an overview of the initial development of nine age-friendly community initiatives in northern New Jersey. Based on interviews with initiative leaders, the report identifies two inter-related goals of the early planning phase: better understanding aging in the community and greater engagement of local stakeholders around aging. The report describes key activities in working toward these goals, as well as the role of diverse people and organizations in the early planning phase. download

EMILY A. GREENFIELD/RUTGERS UNIVERSITY - 2016

Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts

Grantmakers In Aging brought together national and international leaders in the age-friendly movement to explore a variety of issues related to the concept and to its sustainability. The framework presented here is an key outcome of GIA's Community AGEnda initiative to increase age-friendly activities in selected U.S. regions.

GRANTMAKERS IN AGING/PFIZER FOUNDATION - 2015

 

Age-Friendly Communities: Go Big or Go Home

This overview, produced for the Gerontological Society of America Public Policy Aging Report assesses the early success of the age-friendly community movement, and looks to identify trends, new directions and raise caution about the scope of the movement as well as the basic assumptions that frame current efforts in terms of long-term goals and sustainability.

KATHRYN LAWLER | PUBLIC POLICY AGING REPORT/ - 2015

America's Health Rankings - Senior Report

This third edition of United Health Foundation's report demonstrates that determinants of health directly influence health outcomes, accounting for three-quarters and outcomes accounting for one-quarter of each state’s overall score and ranking. Four categories are included in the model of health: Behaviors, Community & Environment, Policy, and Clinical Care.

UNITED HEALTH FOUNDATION - 2015

Village Sustainability Study

This report describes the national trend in which villages have emerged as models for community aging initiatives, exploring perceived challenges to sustainability, and successful strategies for responding to those challenges. It also presents information regarding the racial, ethnic, and economic characteristics of village members, challenges associated with recruiting under-represented groups.
EMILY GREENFIELD/UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND - 2014

 

GenPhilly: A Strategy for Improving the Sustainability of Aging in Community Initiatives

The GenPhilly model was developed in Philadelphia, PA, to inspire and engage emerging leaders to promote and sustain an aging-in-community agenda. Peer-led, GenPhilly encouraged young professionals to capitalize on cultural and career opportunities, while considering the type of community in which they want to get older.
KATE CLARK/JOURNAL OF AGING & SOCIAL POLICY - 2013

 

 

The Case for Age-Friendly Communities

This report from researchers at Portland State University focuses not only on the need to accommodate an aging population, but equally emphasizes the need for and benefit from creating an age-friendly perspective in residential and commercial development.
MARGARET B. NEAL/GRANTMAKERS IN AGING - 2016

Planning Aging-Supportive Communities

The fastest-growing group of older adults is 85-plus, and the trend is likely to continue through 2050 and beyond. Safe and affordable housing, mobility, and access to public spaces, services, and health programs all must be addressed. How can communities rise to the challenge? This guide from the American Planning Association helps planners and public officials anticipate and meet the needs of older residents.
BRADLEY WINICK/AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION - 2015

Network of Age-Friendly Communities Toolkit

This self-service guide and tool kit is part of AARP's resources in support of its Network of Age-Friendly Communities and shows how communities can work with AARP through this World Health Organization-affiliated program.
AARP - 2015

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

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages communities to pledge and commit to becoming good places to live for people of all ages, young and old alike. This guidebook, developed by the Portland State University Institute on Aging, serves as a blueprint for communities to document and evaluate their progress in becoming more age friendly.
MARGARET B. NEAL/AARP - 2014

Questionaire: AARP Survey of Community Residents

This questionnaire, created by AARP for their Livable Communities efforts, is an excellent starting point for surveying of community residents, their current and future needs and expectations as they age and retire.
AARP - 2014

Age-Friendly Community Assessment

Grantmakers in Aging collected assessment tools from a variety of sources to help funders assess the age-friendliness of their communities and guide future action. These tools can be used to engage stakeholders in funder efforts to make communities work better for older people.
GRANTMAKERS IN AGING/PFIZER FOUNDATION - 2014

Strategies for Age-Friendly Community Proponents

Building support for age-friendly communities can be difficult. Part of the challenge is communicating effectively about this promising, but complex, idea with a wide variety of community stakeholders. This report reflects the experience and research of Grantmakers In Aging and its age-friendly initiative, Community AGEnda, but also of several national age-friendly networks and local project sites.
GRANTMAKERS IN AGING/PFIZER FOUNDATION - 2014

Grantmakers In Aging Toolkit

"Aging Power Tools" is a curated selection of resources to promote stronger, age-friendly communities. This toolkit, produced for Community AGEnda, a program of Grantmakers In Aging, and supported by the Pfizer Foundation, offers a practical framework, with references and associated resources and materials, that any funder, community, planner, or team can use to launch or broaden their age-friendly initiative. This document points to a wealth of materials that funders, local governments, and community groups can use to move ahead.
GRANTMAKERS IN AGING/PFIZER FOUNDATION - 2013

 

Gather: THe Art and Science of Effective Convening

Gather: The Art and Science of Effective Convening

This guidebook is for social change leaders who understand the power of convening the right group of people, and who believe that collective intelligence trumps individual smarts when it comes to solving shared problems.
MONITOR INSTITUTE/THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION - 2013

 

AARP Livable Communities Fact Sheet

AARP Livable Communities Fact Sheet Series

AARP Livable Communities has partnered with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to create the AARP Livability Fact Sheet series, materials that can be used by community leaders, policy makers, citizen activists and others to learn about and explain what makes a city, town or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages.

WALKABLE AND LIVABLE COMMUNITIES INSTITUTE/AARP - 2016

 

Aging and Livable Communities

Aging and Livable Communities

The American Planning Association offers a treasure trove of online resources, designed for planners and researchers seeking an interdisciplinary, annotated bibliography of pertinent literature about Americans' growing desire to remain in their homes and participate in their communities as they age. This list highlights articles, events, and publications from the American Planning Association and other experts in the field.

AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION - 2015

 

Making Your Community Livable for All Ages

Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What's Working!

This report describes some key strategies for effectively developing Livable Community initiatives. The report draws from the experiences of local communities - those that have taken major steps forward and those that have struggled.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING - 2015

 

AARP Walk Audit Took Kit

Community Walk Audit Tool Kit

Here are step-by-step instructions and checklists for examining and reporting on the safety and walkability of the streets and sidewalks near you.

 

AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit (Leader Guide)

Lead a Community Walk Audit

Advocate for change by hosting a larger-scale walk audit and workshop event (P.S. Be sure to invite elected officials and local leaders. If they don't show up, you can send them the audit results.)