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Becoming an Age-friendly Community

Becoming an Age-friendly Community is an ongoing process. It’s about taking the decision to make improvements at whatever pace you can.

Read below Frequently Asked Questions and find out more about the steps necessary to becoming an Age-friendly Community and joining the UK Network.

Being an Age-friendly Community is about taking the decision to make improvements to your place at whatever pace you can. 

To become officially recognised as age-friendly, the leadership in your city, town or county must make a written commitment to actively work towards becoming a great place to grow old in, for all of its residents. This is done with the support and engagement of older people and relevant stakeholders.

Together, the eight domains and programme cycle create the framework for how places become increasingly age-friendly.

How long does it take?

Becoming an Age-friendly Community is an ongoing process, with most places starting with an initial five-year commitment, incorporating up to two years to deliver a baseline assessment and action plan. From there, progress is assessed, and the work continues.

How much does it cost?

Membership is free. There is no definitive set of costs associated with implementing your action plan to become age-friendly. The scale of improvements is determined by what is needed in your community. Often no new money is needed – becoming an Age-friendly Community can simply involve using existing resources better.

How do I get started?

The leadership in your city, town or county must make a written commitment to actively work towards becoming a great place to grow old in, for all of its residents. This is done with the support and engagement of older people and relevant stakeholders.

Download the booklet 'Becoming an Age-friendly Community'

The programme cycle

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Four steps to becoming an Age-friendly Community

Joining the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, means committing to developing your place as age-friendly through a four-step programme cycle.