In May 2007, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (in collaboration with the MetLife Foundation) published a guide designed to help communities build the collaborations needed to create aging-friendly communities. This guide, “A Blueprint for Action: Developing a Livable Community for All Ages”, can be accessed online on the Aging In Place Initiative website.
This guide is designed for local leaders who are interested in (or already are) actively working to create an aging-friendly community. Readers most interested in learning about particular issues on how to build livable communities for all ages can find information on common challenges and proven solutions in specific areas, such as housing, land use planning, supportive services, and transportation. Readers can also find a broader overview of Aging in Place and community leadership through a six-step strategy to build community partnerships, which offers key elements on how to channel community energies into planning and implementing systemic change.