What is an age-friendly community? A place that fosters health and wellbeing, supports people of all ages, and values the contributions of everyone, including older people.
Why does it matter?
As we all live longer lives, it is important to consider what makes communities great places to grow up and grow old.
These statewide collaborations advance local age- and dementia-friendly initiatives. These “backbone” organizations are connected to and represent dozens of nonprofits across multiple sectors in each state. Each coalition is committed to sharing best practices and identifying opportunities to advocate at the local and state levels for policies and services that support older people, their families, and caregivers. Explore their websites to find out how you can get involved.
Join the movementLearn more about how the organizations below support age- and dementia-friendly communities.
The Connecticut Age Well Collaborative
Building on the work of the Connecticut Livable Communities initiative, the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative is currently preparing an analysis of aging in the state, Connecticut’s history of livable community work coupled with priorities and best practices.
Maine Council on Aging
The Maine Council on Aging advocates for Mainers to live healthy, engaged, and secure lives with choices and opportunities as they age in their homes and communities. This vision intentionally includes diverse older people who have experienced historical bias and injustice.
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is a network of leaders in the community, health and wellness, government, advocacy, research, business, education, and philanthropy who have come together to advance healthy aging.
NH Alliance For Healthy Aging (NH AHA)
The NH Alliance for Healthy Aging (NH AHA) is a statewide coalition of stakeholders focused on the health and well-being of older adults in New Hampshire. NH AHA works to promote its shared vision to create communities in New Hampshire that advance culture, policies and services which support older adults and their families.
Age-Friendly Rhode Island
Based at Rhode Island College, Age-Friendly Rhode Island is a coalition of community and state agencies, healthcare and social service providers, individuals of all ages, advocacy and faith-based organizations, businesses, academic institutions and municipal leaders who are committed to healthy aging.