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May 27, 2020
AARP and National League of Cities Launch Initiative to Highlight Case Studies and Best Practices for Helping Older Adults During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON—Today the National League of Cities (NLC) and AARP launched the COVID-19 Older Adult Response Initiative, a partnership to showcase how communities are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and supporting older adults. People 65 and older are known to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 and may need additional resources during this time.

“As our country responds to this unprecedented pandemic, we need innovative solutions to reach the most vulnerable people in our communities,” said Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer at AARP. “AARP is working nationwide to assist older adults in this difficult time. We hope our partnership with NLC will shine a light on how local leaders, organizations and volunteers are stepping up, and will give inspiration and ideas to others.”

“Cities, towns, and villages across the country have shown leadership and are on the frontlines taking action to support older residents, and all residents, during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the NLC. “We are pleased to partner with AARP on this important initiative to share that leadership and provide additional support to local leaders.”

Through this partnership, AARP and NLC will share how municipalities nationwide, including those who are members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, are taking new action to assist older residents and other high-risk individuals. Examples include cities and towns that are expanding access to meals and nutritious food for older adults, finding creative ways to communicate with residents, and distributing personal protective equipment to caregivers.

Local governments and organizations can share how their community is responding and read about innovative ideas through a new digital platform. AARP and NLC will also engage local leaders to share best practices, tools and resources through webinars and other activities. More information is available here.

About The National League of Cities
The National League of Cities (NLC) is the voice of America’s cities, towns and villages, representing more than 200 million people. NLC works to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy and drive innovative solutions. Stay connected with NLC on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.


Media Contacts: 

AARP: Amanda Davis, 202-434-2560,

National League of Cities: Melissa Williams,