The City of Seattle joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities in July 2016. Seattle was the 104th community in the U.S. to sign on to the network, which provides access to resources and information on age-friendly best practices, assessment and implementation models, and experiences of towns and cities around the world.

In March 2017, a series of age-friendly initiatives for the City of Seattle was announced to address environmental, economic, and social factors influencing the health and well-being of older adults, and introduced an Age Friendly Seattle Resolution 31739 that 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 on March 27 and was signed on March 31, 2017.

Age Friendly Seattle will make improvements in eight areas defined by the WHO-The 8 Domains of Livability that influence health and quality of life for older adults.

1. Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
2. Transportation
3. Housing
4. Social Participation
5. Respect and Social Inclusion
6. Civic Participation and Employment
7. Communication and Information
8. Community and Health Services

This initiative aims to help the region support the positive contributions of older adults and enable people of all ages and abilities to achieve their potential.