Communities for a Lifetime


The Aging & Adult Services Agency is proud to offer communities across the state the chance to be recognized for engaging in an assessment and improvement planning process that helps make their community more "aging-friendly" through its Communities for a Lifetime (CFL) program.

As Michigan's population ages, communities that adapt to meet the needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers, will attract and retain more residents and be able to provide them with a better quality of life.

The CFL program is part of a broader national movement called Creating Aging Friendly Communities and was developed by the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging in 2007 with input from the State Advisory Council on Aging.

The following communities have been recognized as a CFL:

A community must conduct an “aging-friendly” community assessment, establish priorities and develop a community action plan to qualify for CFL recognition.

To access a copy of the CFL Application with instructions please click the link below:


Communities for a Lifetime Application

To access a copy of the Michigan Community Assessment please click the link below:


Communities for a Lifetime Aging-Friendly Assessment



Communities for a Lifetime Aging-Friendly Assessment (Large Print)



Communities interested in conducting an assessment are encouraged to explore the additional technical resources below.

National Assessment Models:

AdvantAge Initiative
Aging in Place - National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Livable Communities AARP

Other Community Assessment and Improvement Resources:


A Blueprint for Action
Communities for All Ages
MIPlace Toolkit
Livable Communities Guide
Resource List of Planning Tools
Village to Village

Walkability and Complete Streets:

Michigan Complete Streets Coalition
Michigan Department of Transportation: Walkability Reviews
Walkable Neighborhoods With "Walk Score" 

Contact Dan Doezema at or 231-929-2531 for more information about the program.