Age-Friendly Resources

In 2015, The Grotta Fund for Senior Care made a commitment to promoting the Creation of Age-Friendly Communities in Northern NJ. Our October 2015 Conference and the educational materials and resources listed below are ways we aim to benefit our grantees and others aspiring to improve NJ communities for older adults.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Aging in Community Policy Guide

    The American Planning Association approved its Aging in Community Policy guidelines in 2014 calling for the creation and integration of housing, land-use, transportation, economic, social service and health systems that support a high quality of life for people of all ages and abilities, while ensuring that older community members are not put at risk of social isolation, poverty, declining health, and poor economic well- being. AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION - 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, 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

    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

  • Planning Tools for Elder-Friendly Communities

    Indiana University's AdvantAge Initiative is a community-building effort focused on creating vibrant and elder-friendly communities and encouraging municipalities to prepare to meet the needs and nurture the aspirations of older adults, while creating livable communities for people of all ages. This guidebook serves as a communications toolkit to help advocates frame the narrative in their communities for effective engagement and action. JOHN BEILENSON/INDIANA UNIVERSITY - 2010

  • Community Planning for Aging Well

    This toolkit introduces the aging-well community planning process, offers strategies for engaging boomers, and explains how best to position your overall aging well planning effort for success. CENTER FOR CIVIC PARTNERSHIPS/PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE - 2010

  • Age-Friendly Cities Checklist

    This checklist of essential age-friendly city features is based on the results of the WHO Global Age-Friendly Cities project consultation in 33 cities in 22 countries. The checklist is a tool for a city’s self-assessment and a map for charting progress. This checklist is intended to be used by individuals and groups interested in making their city more age-friendly. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION - 2007

  • 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: 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 Network of Age-Friendly Communities

    AARP's network educates, encourages and promotes improvements that make communities supportive for residents of all ages. The network helps communities tap into research, planning models and best practices. This outline includes a 5-year program cycle for planning, action, assessment and continued implementation. AARP - 2014

  • Best Cities for Successful Aging - Mayor's Pledge

    In 2012, the Milken Institute issued its "Best Cities for Successful Aging" report and followed up in 2014 calling on mayors across the United States to sign the "Best Cities for Successful Aging Pledge," demonstrating their commitment and leadership in creating better lives for their aging populations. MILKEN INSTITUTE - 2014

  • Best Cities for Successful Aging - Report

    In 2012, the Milken Institute issued its first "Best Cities for Successful Aging" report assessing the quality of life and services in for aging populations across America's metropolitan areas. This is report is the 2014 follow up to the initial survey. MILKEN INSTITUTE - 2014

  • Age-Friendly:What Does It Look Like?

    The photos shared in this infographic are the prize-winning entries from the Friendly Places, Friendly Faces Photo Contest, organized by Grantmakers In Aging's Community Agenda initiative and funded by the Pfizer Foundation. The 2014 contest received more than 500 entries from 29 different countries, and they all expressed the heart of an age-friendly community in a unique way. GRANTMAKERS IN AGING/PFIZER FOUNDATION - 2014

  • Age-Friendly Communities Primer

    The movement to create great places to grow up and grow old in America has its roots in development models that pushed back against the isolating, car-dominated suburban landscape of the 1950s and 1960s. This primer looks to frame the basic questions around creating age-friendly communities and developing strategies for implementing and sustaining related programs. GRANTMAKERS IN AGING/PFIZER FOUNDATION - 2013

  • Lifelong Communities Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles Handbook

    The Atlanta Regional Commission supports the Lifelong Communities principles and design standards through its comprehensive regional plan, and has created the Lifelong Communities Framework - and included it in this handbook - to help guide the development of communities where individuals can live throughout their lifetime. ATLANTA REGIONAL COMMISSION - 2013

  • Creating An Age-Advantaged Community

    Generations United and MetLife Foundation have worked with, encouraged, and learned from intergenerational communities across the United States. From this work, GU has developed a series of resources to help communities become all age-friendly. The result is this toolkit for building intergenerational communities that recognize, engage and support all ages. GENERATIONS UNITED - 2013

  • Creating an Age-Friendly NYC

    Age-Friendly New York City is a collaborative partnership between the Mayor’s office, the New York City Council and The New York Academy of Medicine, aiming to make improvements enabling older New Yorkers to remain independent and engaged in the life of the city, for as long as possible. This toolkit provides a framework for residents to establish aging improvement districts in their local communities. AGE-FRIENDLY NYC/THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE - 2012

  • Global Guide to Age-Friendly Cities

    This project is a starting point for the establishment of a larger global network of age-friendly communities. Conceived in June 2005 at the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this report shares the results of focus groups, which led to the development of this set of age-friendly city checklists. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION - 200

  • 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

  • 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/ - 201

  • 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

  • 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