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:
- Alpena (2007)
- Auburn Hills (2013)
- Bay County (2008)
- Bellaire (2013)
- Brooklyn (2018)
- Cheboygan (2018)
- Clawson (2016)
- Deckerville (2018)
- Farmington (2010, 2008)
- Farmington Hills (2010, 2008)
- Ferndale (2019)
- Ferrysberg (2007)
- Escanaba (2015)
- Gaylord (2007)
- Grand Haven (2007)
- Grand Haven Township (2007)
- Greater Battle Creek (2007)
- Harbor Country (2016)
- Holland (2009)
- Inkster (2009)
- Kent County (2007)
- Livingston County (2014)
- Manistique (2012)
- Midland (2013)
- Monroe County (2012, 2011)
- Spring Lake Township (2007)
- Spring Lake Village (2007)
- St. Joseph County (2014)
- Traverse City (2012)
- Washtenaw County (2008, 2007)
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 for a Lifetime Aging-Friendly Assessment (Word)
- Communities for a Lifetime Aging-Friendly Assessment Large Print Version (Word)
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
- GIA Aging Friendly Resources
- 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 our office at HASInfo@michigan.gov or 517-241-4100 for more information about the program.