Age Friendly Communities

Scholarly Journal Articles

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Grantmakers in Aging

Age Friendly American Database: Community AGEnda’s database has brief descriptions about and contact information for more than 200 age-friendly programs across the United States. 
Community AGEnda: Five Community Agenda Sites
Pfizer Foundation made a renewal grant of $1.49 million to help GIA and its Community AGEnda partners 
Aging Power Tools: A Toolkit
Age Friendly Communities: An Introduction for Private and Public Funders



Chemung County: Community Empowerment Action Plan
Southern Tier: Economic Growth
WMHT's series: Age Wise
WCNY's series: Design for a Lifetime



Ball, M. Scott. (2012). Livable communities for aging populations : urban design for longevity. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Livable Communities for Aging Populations provides architects and designers with critical guidance on urban planning and building design that allows people to age in their own homes and communities. The focus is on lifelong neighborhoods, where healthcare and accessibility needs of residents can be met throughout their entire life cycle.
Blanchard, J.M. & Anthony, B. (2013). Aging in Community. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Second Journey Publications.
  • Blanchard does an excellent job of bringing together a number of stimulating essays by major figures in the aging in community movement. Some essays are more technical—the ins and outs of forming a cooperative village such as Beacon Hill, for example—while others are more lyrical. If you don’t already live in a place that’s conducive to aging in community, what would such a place look like, and how could you find one or create one? Read this book to be inspired.
Capossela, C., & Warnock, S. (2004). Share the care: How to organize a group to care for someone who is seriously ill. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • Caregivers often think, at least at first, that they can do everyone by themselves. That cannot last; we all need help and support. Any caregiver—or a friend or family member of a primary caregiver—can organize a group of people to share the care: the driving, doctor appointments, cooking, cleaning, phone calls to check in, and visits. A way to create “community” in any location.
Chapin, R. (2011). Pocket neighborhoods : creating small-scale community in a large-scale world. Newtown, CT: Taunton Press.
  • Pocket Neighborhoods’ introduces an antidote to faceless, placeless sprawl — small scale neighborhoods where people can easily know one another, where empty nesters and single householders with far-flung families can find friendship or a helping hand nearby, and where children can have shirt-tail aunties and uncles just beyond their front gate.
Durrett, C., & Thomas, W. H. (2009). Senior cohousing handbook: A community approach to independent living. Gabriola Island, B.C: New Society Publishers.
  • Senior cohousing, also started in Denmark, is spreading across the U.S., attracting people aged 50 and older.
Kilkenny, M. (2014). Your Quest for Home: A Guidebook to Find the Ideal Community for Your Later Years. North Charleston, S.C. : CreateSpace Independent Publishing.
  • In this guidebook, Marianne Kilkenny has laid out steps for you to take, questions that need answering, and ideas to ponder to help you define and then create the community you want to live in.
McCamant, K., & Durrett, C. (2011). Creating cohousing: Building sustainable communities. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.
  • Cohousing started in Denmark years ago. This book is the recognized “bible” of cohousing, written by the creators of the U.S. version of cohousing.

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