Step 2 – Assess how age friendly your community is

Before you can develop an age friendly plan, you need to understand your community’s current situation.

Before you start an assessment, identify the people and skills required to help you create an age friendly community, and agree how you will work together.

Step 1 – Getting started

After you have done that, it is useful to understand your community’s current situation. Carrying out a baseline assessment helps identify both the:

  • areas that are currently working well
  • issues that need attention.

The baseline assessment provides a starting point to measure your progress over time. You will also need a baseline assessment if you intend to join the WHO Global Network.

Joining the WHO Global Network

Checklist of core age friendly features

The WHO has drafted a checklist of core age friendly features which is intended to provide a universal standard for an age friendly city. The checklist is a guide only – it does not offer technical or design specifications, as the changes needed in each community will be unique.

Checklist of core age-friendly features [PDF, 223KB]

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