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3. Act and implement

An introduction to implementing an age-friendly action plan.

Kevin Berry, Age-friendly Champion, Isle of Wight

Implementing an age-friendly action plan is at the heart of creating an age-friendly community. Even small steps can go a long way.

Age-friendly programme cycle

Age-friendly Programme Cycle:  Act and implement
These UK and international resources will help you to create and implement your action plan – simply click on the titles below to access:
Producing an action plan using a participative approach

Creating age-friendly environments in Europe. A tool for local policy-makers and planners
Policies to create more age-friendly environments, in which a growing number of cities and communities, local authorities and regional governments participate, have become a forceful movement in Europe and globally.

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities
AARP action plan for age-friendly communities, comprising action plan development case studies, evaluation and useful resources.

Here is a selection of age-friendly action plans and strategies from places that are on the age-friendly journey:

Approaches to implementation and operational delivery

World Health Organisation (WHO) – Age-friendly in practice
Age-friendly environments are free from physical and social barriers and supported by policies, systems, services, products and technologies. Browse or submit examples of age-friendly practice on the WHO website.

Creating an age-friendly New York City – one neighourhood at a time
A toolkit for establishing an ageing improvement district in your community. Published in 2012 by The New York Academy of Medicine and Age-friendly NYC.

Age-Friendly Communities in Canada: Community Implementation Guide
Designed for use by anyone who wants to put their ideas and vision for a more age-friendly community into action – focusing on different sectors in the community, such as health and social services, parks and recreation, policing services and businesses so as to incorporate age-friendly approaches into design, policy and services.

Latest research from others

Department for Work & Pensions
11 Jul 2023
This paper outlines the government's response to a consultation seeking views on a new legislative framework for authorising and regulating defined benefit 'superfund' consolidation schemes.
Department for Work & Pensions
20 Jun 2023
This toolkit is designed to provide some ideas and guidance for organisations wishing to encourage pensioners they have dealings with to claim Pension Credit where they might be entitled.
Department of Health and Social Care
15 Jun 2022
This guidance applies to the charging reform implementation support funding. It sets out allocations of the implementation support grant for 2022 to 2023 and guidance intended to assist local authorities.

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