Make Your Community a Great Place to Grow Up and Grow Old
With generous funding from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and in support of the foundation's efforts to build age-friendly communities in New England, GIA has developed tools and resources to support any community undertaking an age-friendly initiative. These resources should be especially helpful for smaller towns or those with limited resources.
- Choosing an Approach: Review the major approaches used across the United States, and define the model that will work best based on your resources and needs.
- Building Your Team: First, learn how to build a great leadership team and advisory board. Then, explore resources for recruiting, managing and keeping volunteers engaged with your project.
- Engaging Across the Community: The right partners can add real value to your project. Learn how to find them, get them on board, and leverage their expertise and resources.
- Integrating Dementia and Caregiving: How to make your age-friendly community a dementia-friendly community, and tips on how the community can best support family caregivers.
- Addressing Rural/Small Town Issues: Insights on the unique issues facing age-friendly rural communities, such as transportation, out-migration, poverty, and untraditional sources of support.
In addition, as part of GIA's work with the Pfizer Foundation, GIA developed helpful reports, interactive tools and databases, and infographics.
Blueprint for Success (on left) showcases eight ways you can make your community age-friendly, and can be printed out as a poster.
The Age-Friendly America Database has brief descriptions about and contact information for more than 200 age-friendly programs across the United States.
Age-Friendly Communities: Create Great Places to Grow up and Grow Old in America, offers an overview of the movement.
Last but not least, GIA's Guide to Sustainability Principals for Age-Friendly Communities is a valuable resource for those launching their work. With input from leaders in the movement, we developed a detailed framework to help teams accelerate and ensure sustainable progress at local, state, national, and international levels. The framework explores five key sustainability principles, including building public will, engaging cross sectors, using metrics, securing resources, and advancing policies, practices and funding.