— By Robert Hodder and Eugene Kane David Hoffman doesn’t let his age or the unpredictable Wisconsin weather keep him from his regular run. But he does want to complete his exercise without getting “run over by somebody” in his Milwaukee neighborhood of Bay View. That’s why Hoffman, 82, is one of the leading volunteers—he won the AARP 2015 Andrus Award in Wisconsin, named after the association’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus—and advocates for “age-friendly communities” in Wisconsin. The initiative seeks to …

— As the U.S. population ages and people stay healthy and active longer, communities must work to adapt. AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities is a comprehensive approach to helping us prepare for aging communities. The goal of Age Friendly Communities is to increase the number of communities that support healthy aging, which will improve the health, well-being, satisfaction and quality of life for older Americans. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities …

— Age-Friendly DC is a coordinated, comprehensive, and collective-action effort with the goal of ensuring that the District of Columbia is a great place for all ages to live, work and play! As a DC resident, you have a say in building a better future for the city. What has improved in your community? What concerns you? We want to hear from you! Please RSVP here for an upcoming listening session in your community. In 2012, Age-Friendly DC implemented a strategic …

— TUCSON, Arizona – On January 24, 2017, AARP presented to Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the City of Tucson Council the official designation of the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities.  As the 122nd community in the U.S. and first in Arizona to sign on to the network, Tucson’s civic leaders will have access to global resources and information on age-friendly best practices, models of assessment and implementation, and the experiences of towns and cities around the world. The network helps participating …

— In 2016, we have seen a remarkable surge in the efforts of Maine towns and neighborhoods to advance age-friendly initiatives. About 18% of Maine’s population lives in one of the 24 communities that have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. In an age-friendly community, residents benefit from an environment that encourages them to remain active and socially engaged in an enjoyable setting.  By adopting such features as safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options and more opportunities for residents …

— Charlotte, NC – With nearly a quarter of the state’s residents expected to be age 60 or older by the year 2030, Mecklenburg County took an important step to become a better place for people of all ages. On Sept. 20, 2016, County leaders announced that the County has applied for the World Health Organization’s status of “age-friendly” by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all …

— Cutler Bay | Fort Lauderdale | Hallandale Beach | Hollywood | Lakeland | Longwood | Miami-Dade| Palmetteo Bay | Pembroke Pines | Pinecrest | Pinellas County | Sarasota County | Satellite Beach | St Petersburg | Tallahassee | Winter Haven The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages states, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being …

— September 2016 Admitted in October 2015, the City of Winter Haven was the third Florida community to enter the AARP Age-Friendly Network. Over the summer the city’s aging council is conducting its survey, as required by membership in the network, to gauge residents’ feedback on how age friendly they think the city is now and which amenities they need to make it more so for future generations. Cari Herrington chairs the Council on Quality Aging, which looks for ways to make …

— September 2016 Three words will make you want to live in the Town of Cutler Bay: Golf. Cart. Rodeo. (Must see video below) Incorporated in 2005, Cutler Bay has distinguished itself from its northern metropolis neighbor — Miami. Although the town has yet to enter into its teenage years, it has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, civic wise, thanks to its forward-thinking commission and city leaders. In 2013, the town surveyed community seniors asking what services and …

— September 2016 The City of Hallandale Beach is the fifth Florida community to enter the AARP Age-Friendly Network and has been a leader in identifying needs to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live, work, learn, play and retire in its community. The city has been identified as a Healthy Community Zone through its work with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council’s Partnerships Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH). Through the collaboration between the city and BRHP, with active involvement …