— Become Age-Friendly Toolkit —
3. Tools to Get Started
Identify the concerns and needs of older residents in your community through assessments, focus groups, listening sessions or surveys.
More Information and Tools
For more information, tools, and support with engaging the community and assessing older adult needs consult AARP’s excellent “Roadmap to Livability” Collection.
Books 1 and 2 will guide you through recruiting a team and engaging them as well as all stakeholders needed to jumpstart an age-friendly initiative. These two books will also provide a framework for a needs assessment from surveys to listening sessions to embedding results in your action plan.
Mass Healthy Aging provides a comprehensive 101 to jumpstart your work and provide guidance from forming a committee to assessing needs and writing and implementing plans.
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission is an excellent source of sample surveys and assessments from which to model your own, incorporating the unique needs of the older adults in your community.