Age Friendly Grand Rapids

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Age-Friendly Grand Rapids is part of a global initiative to:
  • Improve communities
  • Sustain economic growth
  • Make for happier, healthier residents of all ages
We've developed this initiative with input from concerned residents. We partner with the World Health Organization, AARP, and the Area Agency on Aging Western Michigan for support.

The World Health Organization is preparing cities for aging populations and increased urbanization. We're currently in the preliminary stage to become an Age-Friendly Community.

Age-Friendly Communities focus on improvements in eight areas that influence the quality of life of older adults:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Work and civil engagement
  • Communication and information
  • Community and health services
In the fall of 2017, the Planning Department conducted a city-wide listening tour to seek input on how best to support older adults as they continue living in their homes and neighborhoods.
If you were unable to attend a community meeting, you can still make your voice heard by completing our survey.

Completed paper surveys can be dropped off or mailed to:

City of Grand Rapids Planning Department
1120 Monroe Avenue NW, 3rd Floor
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


We're spreading the word, check out our articles below.

AARP and the City of GR team up to make community livable for all ages by WOODTV Eight West, September 5, 2017


How to Create an Age-Friendly Community: Highlights of GVSU's 12th Annual Aging Conference by Encore, February 18, 2017


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If you have questions or concerns about our Age-Friendly Grand Rapids initiative, let us know. Our phone number and email address are in the Contact Us section.


In 2016, AARP researchers conducted a survey of adults age 50-plus living in the City of Grand Rapids. Topics included their perceptions of the community on features and services related to the eight Domains of Livability, as well as demographic questions.

The full survey report and summary infographic are available below.


Download the survey report(PDF, 736KB)

Download the summary infographic(PDF, 3MB)