The University of Iowa

AARP Age-Friendly Communities Program Toolkit

Photo of AARP Logo. Photo Credit: AARP
Academic Year 
2021-2022
College/Department 
Planning & Public Affairs
Project Partner 

Graduate students in the School of Planning and Public Affairs will work in consultation with the City of Manning, the City of Stanton, the City of Cedar Rapids, and Iowa AARP to help Iowa communities reach "age-friendly" status. 

For a community to reach "age-friendly" status, they must demonstrate progress towards making communities livable, quality places for all ages. More information about the "age-friendly" program can be found here:

As part of the project students will:

  • Translate and shorten the current AARP survey assessment tool into a user-friendly survey that better suits smaller communities;  
  • Implement the survey in Manning, Stanton, and Cedar Rapids, and report on the findings for the evaluation report;
  • Create an age-friendly community assessment toolbox that would supplement the survey