Age-Friendly Royal Oak

Age Friendly Royal Oak

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) estimates the senior population of Royal Oak to grow by at least 34.8 percent by the year 2045. To prepare for the forecasted growth in the senior population, the Royal Oak Senior Services / Aging in Place Task Force has endorsed the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) “Age-Friendly Communities” program. 

This program utilizes extensive community engagement of the senior population to identify ways to improve city services and design to better accommodate aging residents. Input from residents has the potential to improve future master plan development, land use, and community services.

The task force is working to create a plan that will give the city steps to become more age friendly and ensure that seniors are able to actively and fully participate in the community.  Creating the plan is year two of a five year plan.  Years three through five will focus on implementing the recommended changes.  

Right now there are 6 working groups focusing on different topics including:

  1. Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
  2. Transportation
  3. Housing
  4. Community Engagement and Inclusion
  5. Communication and Information
  6. Community and Health Service

These topics come from the AARP's 8 domains of livability for seniors.  The task force combined 3 domains into the Community Engagement and Inclusion topic. Each working group is made up of residents and experts with professional expertise.  There are over 50 residents, experts and city staff participating in this effort to review the data that was collected, hear from services being provided now and come up with some recommendations for future improvements. 

How can you get involved?

The draft plan will be available for future public comment throughout the month of October for public comment.  Here are a few ways for the community to participate.

  • Community open house - October 22, 2022 The task force will host a community open house from 10 a.m. to noon at the senior center.   This will be an open house style event so there is not a formal presentation, and residents will be able to drop by at their convenience during that time. 
  • Self-paced review - Copies will be available at the library reference desk, and senior center in the lounge for members of the public to review and provide feedback either online or with a comment card. A copy will also be available on this page for residents to review and comment on as well. 
  • Direct outreach to boards and commissions that work in areas related to the plan will be done throughout the month. 
  • By mail, Royal Oak residents can request a copy of the plan to be mailed to their home.  A return envelope will be supplied for comments to be mailed back by calling 248.246.3207.  They can leave a message with their name and address and a phone number in case we need to call them back. 
  • Organizations can request a presentation by calling Susan Barkman at 248-246-3204 or emailing  The task force will do our best to accommodate all requests. 

Visit the agenda center for meeting dates, agendas and minutes for the task force and working groups.