Aging Well in Communities: A Toolkit for Planning, Engagement & Action


Aging Well in Communities: A Toolkit for Planning, Engagement & Action


Few communities are prepared to meet the needs of older residents or to engage these residents in civic life. The Aging Well in Communities Toolkit addresses this challenge by giving local governments the resources they need to successfully plan for aging well in their communities.

The toolkit:

  • Breaks down the aging well planning process into manageable steps and gives specific guidance for each step
  • Provides a structured process for gathering different types of information from different sources at different times
  • Offers ways to involve residents, local government, older adult service providers, businesses, faith communities, nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders representing the diversity of the community in the planning process
  • Presents a path to a future where older residents can age in place while continuing to engage in and contribute to the community
The toolkit includes:
  • A community planning overview, which presents key elements of an aging well planning process
  • Step-by-step guides for three important data-gathering activities:
    • Resident surveys
    • Public forums
    • Focus groups
  • Case studies that show how seven communities are addressing the needs of an aging population
  • A resource list of Web sites and organizations offering valuable information on aging-related issues


Center for Civic Partnerships

Funding Sources:

Center for Civic Partnerships; Public Health Institute


Release Date: 2010
Original Summary: October 2010
Last Updated: 10/27/10

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