The City of Seattle is committed to making our communities a great place to grow up and grow old.

We are in the process of creating an Age-Friendly Seattle Action Plan. Learn about age-friendly cities here, and come back to see our progress.

What is an "age-friendly" city?

An age-friendly city is a community in which people can grow up and grow old with ease. The World Health Organization (WHO) determined specific environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Sometimes we call these "The 8 Domains" of livability.

  1. Outdoor Spaces and Building - Public gathering places (indoors and out), green spaces, accessible buildings that can be used and enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
  2. Transportation - Ample public transit and pedestrian options to get non-drivers where they need to go.
  3. Housing - Comfortable living options for every income level, designed for "visitability" by people of all abilities and so people can age in place.
  4. Social Participation - Accessible affordable, and fun social activities for people at every stage of life.
  5. Respect and Social Inclusion - Kind, inclusive, and safe communities for multiple generations.
  6. Civic Participation and Employment - Opportunities for older people to work for pay if they choose or volunteer their skills and remain active in community life.
  7. Communication and Information - Meaningful information is communicated effectively to people of all ages in multiple ways.
  8. Community and Health Services - Convenient access to affordable health and community services.

The City of Seattle is considering age-friendly improvements in each of the domains of livability.

The Age-Friendly Community Task Force continues to accept new members. For more information, e-mail agefriendly@seattle.gov.