How to Use This Toolkit and Evaluate Age-Friendly

Audiences for this toolkit:

  1. Community Member
    1. If you are wondering about how to make your neighborhoods age-friendly, refer to the pages in this toolkit for ideas that could enhance and fit well in your neighborhood.
    2. Use a resource like the AARP walking audit or the Public Life Protocol in the Age-Friendly Design Resources section to analyze your neighborhood.
    3. Use the Age-Friendly map to look at demographics and locations of interest in your area where age-friendly design and amenities could be included.
    4. Refer to Funding Sources for ways improvements could be financed.
  2. Private Developer
    1. Consider how the space currently functions and assess the public life taking place in the project area. Consider using the Public Life Protocol (see the Age-Friendly Design Resources).
    2. Use the Age-Friendly map to look at demographics and locations of interest in your area.
    3. Look through the design standards, amenities, and play and learning sections to see how the site and environment could be more Age-Friendly and who you may need to coordinate with.
  3. Capital Project Manager
    1. Consider how the streets, sidewalks, and public spaces function in your project area and assess the public life taking place in the project area. 
    2. Use the Age-Friendly map to look at demographics and locations of interest in your area.
    3. Use the tools in the following pages to provide a project that is more age-friendly.
    4. Refer to Funding Sources if additional funding is needed to include age-friendly elements.
  4. Policy Maker 
      1. Use the Age-Friendly Design Resources to develop a case for creating Age-Friendly streets.  
      2. Use the toolkit design elements in the following pages to get ideas for age-friendly street design.

    Note: Planning cost level estimates are in 2018 dollars and are estimates used from previous construction budgets. When planning a project, cost estimates should be done for your specific project. These numbers are intended to help you scale grants and are starting point when thinking about budgeting for age-friendly elements.