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Communities for a Lifetime

The Behavioral and Physical Health and Aging Services Administration 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 Community 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 aging-friendly communities movement 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:

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

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

National Assessment Models:

Other Community Assessment and Improvement Resources:

Walkability and Complete Streets:

Contact our office at or 517-241-4100 for more information about the program.