About

Background

Like many cities, Seattle’s population of older adults is growing. For several decades, Seattle’s Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens (MOSC) operated as a direct service provider. As need increased and capacity grew at community-based organizations, the City adopted the more impactful role as a supportive partner. Age Friendly Seattle was born out of this transition and helps to operationalize a citywide commitment to supporting older adults under this new model.

The City of Seattle officially joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities in July 2016 as the 104th U.S. member. Resolution 31739 formalized the commitment of both Mayor and City Council to become a more age-friendly city under the criteria established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The resolution passed unanimously and was signed on March 31, 2017. An Advocacy Coalition comprised of older adult community members and professionals working in related fields was instrumental in advancing this designation and crafting the first 2018-2021 Action Plan.

Since our launch, Age Friendly Seattle has worked interdepartmentally and with community partners on a range of efforts aimed at making our community a great place to grow up and grow old. Visit our highlights pages to see what we have accomplished so far!

Strategic Plans and Annual Reports

The first Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan was filed with the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities on July 26, 2018. This plan covered 2018-2021 and was informed by a community needs assessment survey as well as input from the community-based Advocacy Coalition. Although the COVID-19 pandemic required pivoting and reprioritizing, we are proud to have made progress on 68 of the 87 actions originally outlined. Building on this success, we are finalizing our second strategic plan for 2022-2025 and look forward to sharing that soon.

  • 2017 Community Needs Assessment 
  • 2018-2021 Action Plan and Executive Summary 
  • Progress and Annual Reports for 2018, 2019, and 2020 
  • 2018-2021 Comprehensive 5 Year Report and Executive Summary 

Publications

The following Age Friendly Seattle materials are available to download (all PDFs):

Logo

The Age Friendly Seattle logo was developed to identify the Age Friendly Seattle initiative, including age-friendly programs, services, activities, and events sponsored by City of Seattle departments. With permission granted in advance (see Logo Guidelines, below), the Age Friendly Seattle logo may be used by non-City entities. The original proportions, type, and colors of the logo must be maintained. The image may be resized, but do not stretch or condense the logo. Make the logo large enough and provide adequate space around it to ensure readability.

Logo Use Guidelines and Waiver of Liability for the Use of the Age Friendly Seattle Logo

To download a JPG (white background), right-click on the image at left. To download a PNG (transparent background), right-click on the image at right. Images are 1372x1372 px.

  Age Friendly Seattle JPG