Age-Friendly Communities
Municipal Implementation Tool #030

Age-Friendly Communities

Product No.: MIT030
Date Published: 10/2017

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Across the world, our population is aging, and life expectancy continues to grow. Communities need to plan for this aging population, but they often are not aware of tangible ways to improve places for aging. Age-friendly communities are places where older adults can age actively, and engage with the social, economic, civic, and physical life of the community. This tool brochure addresses how planners and policymakers can make cities, suburbs, counties, and rural communities better for aging.

Geographic Area Covered: DVRPC Nine-County Region

Key Words: age-friendly communities, aging, baby boomers, seniors, aging in place, AARP, World Health Organization, area agencies on aging, Philadelphia, West Chester, Swarthmore, Princeton, East Goshen, outdoor spaces, buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect, social inclusion, civic participation, employment, communication, information, community support, health services, transit, public toilets, comprehensive plans, master plans, zoning, subdivision and land use ordinance, accessory dwelling units, shared housing, adult day care centers, long-term care, visitability, home-based offices, Complete Streets, wayfinding, transit passes, bus shelters, benches, senior playgrounds, age-friendly businesses, aging improvement districts, universal design, cohousing, cottage housing, naturally occurring retirement communities, villages, grandfamilies housing, dementia-friendly

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