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DC's Progress

Register here to attend the Tuesday, January 23, 2024 9-11 Age-Friendly DC Task Force meeting when progress will be discussed by Task Force member panels, Pillar-by-Pillar. The Pillars that encompass the Age-Friendly DC 2018-2023 Strategic Plan are: Built Environment, Changing Attitudes about Growing Older, Lifelong Health and Security.

Register here to attend the Tuesday, January 30, 2024 9-11 Age-Friendly DC Final 2018-2023 Task Force meeting, before which Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to release the plan progress report to you and to the World Health Organization and its United States Agent, AARP. The and texWorld Health Organization initiated Age-Friendly actions worldwide to transform lifelong aging into a better experience for all of us.




Age-Friendly DC released its first five-year plan in December 2014. Progress addressing goals and strategies developed by the Task Force and its Domain Task Force Committees was reported annually. Then in 2017, Age-Friendly DC completed an evaluation, consulting DC residents throughout the city. That evaluation led to the Five-Year Progress Report to the World Health Organization. Create a link to the Five-Year Progress Report to the World Health Organization (attached).

The World Health Organization, then Director of Ageing and Life Course, Dr. John Beard, traveled from Geneva Switzerland to congratulate Mayor Muriel Bowser on Age-Friendly progress completed in the District.

In February 2018, Mayor Muriel Bowser established a 2018-2023 Age-Friendly DC Task Force, which forged ahead. Using progress achieved in the first five years as a foundation, the Age-Friendly DC Task Force worked through Task Force Committees to recommend content for the 2023 Strategic Plan.

Mayor Muriel Bowser released the Age-Friendly 2023 Strategic Plan[PDF] in October 2018.

In January 2021 Mayor Muriel Bower’s office presented the Age-Friendly DC Two-Year Progress Report[PDF].

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.