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One Albuquerque Age-Friendly

Learn about Albuquerque's efforts to achieve Age-Friendly designation by AARP and the World Health Organization.

 Age-Friendly Albuquerque

Age-Friendly cities are livable communities that allow people of all ages to thrive.

What is age-friendly?

Age-Friendly is a designation from the World Health Organization (WHO) and AARP that recognizes a community for livability standards that enable people of all ages to live in security, enjoy good health and participate fully in society. AARP and the WHO use the following 8 Domains of Livability as a framework for communities working to be more age-friendly:

  • Outdoor Spaces and Buildings: Safe and accessible parks and buildings that allow for engaged and active living
  • Transportation: Reliable and affordable transit options that connect people to their community
  • Housing: Sufficient, affordable and safe housing near community spaces and resources
  • Social Participation: Community and social events that engage all ages
  • Respect and Social Inclusion: People of all ages are made to feel welcome and important
  • Civic Participation and Employment: Employment, entrepreneurship and volunteer options for all ages
  • Communication and Information: Regular and accessible information spread through diverse print and digital media
  • Community and Health Services: Accessible health and wellness resources that come from the community

The City of Albuquerque is applying for Age-Friendly Designation through AARP and the WHO. To get this designation, The Department of Senior Affairs will build an action plan comprised of stakeholder commitments and community input. This plan will serve as a guide and provide ways to make our City more age-friendly for residents of all ages.

How can I participate in Age-Friendly Albuquerque?

All residents of Albuquerque are invited to be a part of Age-Friendly Albuquerque. We need your input to ensure the action plan works for everyone. We will be gathering community input through an in-person convening, commitments from community members and stakeholders, community listening sessions, as well as through our online and paper survey.

Age-Friendly Albuquerque Survey

Adults of all ages are encouraged to complete the Age-Friendly Albuquerque Survey. This survey takes about 15-20 minutes and is completely anonymous. Your responses greatly contribute to the city’s age-friendly action plan.

Age-Friendly Albuquerque Survey

Age-Friendly Albuquerque Commitments

Organizations, businesses, groups and individuals are all invited to complete an Age-Friendly Commitment Statement. This statement helps identify your age-friendly practices and how they contribute to our community. You can find more information about the Age-Friendly Commitment Statement here:

Age-Friendly Commitment

Age-Friendly Family Action Plan

Families and households with young children and teenagers are invited to create their own age-friendly action plan. This plan helps families, young adults and teenagers create simple and practical steps to make their homes, neighborhoods and communities age-friendly. These plans can also be shared with Age-Friendly Albuquerque to be included in the age-friendly designation application to AARP.

Age-Friendly Family Action Plan

Age-Friendly ABQ Coloring Sheet

To encourage participation from our youngest residents, parents and guardians are invited to share the Age-Friendly ABQ Coloring Sheet with their children. This activity asks Albuquerque kids to use their imaginations and draw what they think age-friendly communities look like. Parents can share these coloring pages with Age-Friendly Albuquerque to be included in the designation application to AARP.

Age-Friendly ABQ Coloring Sheet

Community Listening Sessions

Age-Friendly Albuquerque will host community listening sessions in May and June. These listening sessions act like interviews and focus groups where you can share your thoughts about an Age-Friendly Albuquerque.


To schedule a phone interview and/or online focus group, contact Department of Senior Affairs at [email protected] or call (505) 333-9769.

Age-Friendly Albuquerque Convening--POSTPONED

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the planned in-person convening for Age-Friendly Albuquerque has been postponed indefinitely. Check back for updates on when it may be rescheduled.

We hope you will join us on the journey to become One Albuquerque Age-Friendly!