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- Information for local government officials interested in learning about the Communities for a Lifetime initiative and how to become a Community for a Lifetime.

The Communities for a Lifetime initiative began in 1999 with the goal of assisting cities and towns throughout Florida in planning and implementing changes that will benefit residents of every age from children to elders.

The Communities for a Lifetime Bureau developed a Blueprint that describes the initiative and the necessary steps that local government officials need to take in order to help their communities become Communities for a Lifetime.

To learn more about the benefits of the Communities for a Lifetime initiative to individuals, communities, governments and businesses, please refer to the following publication (the link will open a separate PDF file):

Step-by step descriptions of the process of becoming a Community for a Lifetime, as well as suggestions on possible team members, are listed here (each link will open a separate PDF file):

Good Ideas You Can Use

Several Florida communities have produced surveys, reports and other documents that assist their efforts as Communities for a Lifetime. Click here to see what they have done.

The Department of Elder Affairs is available to provide technical assistance for communities. A list of technical assistance topics, along with some ideas of how to begin the community self-assessment, can be found here (the link will open a separate PDF file):

For a list of different areas of focus (such as housing, transportation, health and wellness, employment, and volunteerism), as well as questions that will help you begin self-assessment in those areas, please refer to the following pages (the link will open a separate PDF file):

Need ideas? Read about best practices implemented by other communities in different areas of focus (the link will open a separate PDF file):

There are many resources available for the community to help it implement the Communities for a Lifetime initiative successfully. Here is the list (the link will open a separate PDF file):

If you would like to request a printed copy of the Blueprint, please contact the Communities for a Lifetime Bureau. We also have an electronic version of the Blueprint available. 


Last updated: 7/22/2011
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