In August 2016, the city of Northfield became part of the World Health Organization (WHO) / AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. AARP and WHO have developed a five-year assessment, planning, and implementation process to assist communities in becoming more age-friendly. Age-friendly Northfield is a grassroots effort being conducted by community volunteers to achieve this work.
Northfield, as an Age Friendly community, means that Northfield’s physical, social, and economic frameworks are intentionally designed to promote independence and a high quality of life for its residents as they age. It means that its residents are better able to remain in their own home or community even though there may be significant changes in their physical and economic health.