October 3, 2012, the District joined other aspirant-jurisdictions through the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities worldwide on the journey to become an Age-Friendly City. Shortly thereafter, Age-Friendly DC became a founding member of AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, when WHO designated AARP to be the United States agent for WHO.
Age-Friendly DC followed the WHO Age-Friendly Cities and Communities framework by listening to thousands of DC residents before establishing the Age-Friendly DC 2012-2017 strategic plan.
In 2017 evaluated its progress. Both WHO and AARP recognized DC for its Age-Friendly changes, including:
- Converting park equipment in recreation areas for exercise and fun for persons of all ages and abilities.
- Launching and continuing Safe at Home, DC’s program modifies homes for aging in place,
- Opening Plaza West, with affordable residences for grand families, older adults raising children.
- Integrating ride sharing companies and increasing accessible taxis
- Creating intergenerational gardening to maintain school gardens during summer breaks.
- Launching and continually growing the number of Age-Friendly Businesses
- Beginning Alternative Pathways to Employment for residents 50 and over to pursue second and third careers.
- Training direct service providers in LGBTQ cultural competency
- Providing Senior$afe training to financial securities firm personnel on how to spot and report financial exploitation of older adults
- Promoting an Age-Friendly culture in DC, which has become the foundation for pursuing further changes that make it easier in DC to live work and play.
In 2018 Mayor Muriel Bowser the 2023 Age-Friendly Strategic Plan.
In 2019 the 2018-2023 Task Force, building on the work completed 2012-2018, pursued implementation of the 2023 Strategic Plan with its Working Appendix, an adjustable document, which lays out goals, strategies and metrics to measure progress.