Watercolor Peaches fixed - croppedThe Center for Age-Friendly Excellence

Advancing Livable Communities for all Generations




CAFÉ, a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is advancing our understanding of Age-Friendly cities and communities. CAFE intends to drive transformational change in creating healthy, active, sustainable, and engaged intergenerational communities.

The vision for CAFE is a world in which older people flourish and thrive within vibrant communities that richly fulfill the eight domains of The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities quality of life indicators. These include indicators such as respect and social inclusion, community support, transportation, and communication.

The Center will serve as a home for public and private resource generation, tangible and measurable best practice projects, and multi-media distributed information. It will study and develop Los Altos and Los Altos Hills as model age-friendly “living labs” and extend evidence-based practice to surrounding communities in Santa Clara County and elsewhere.


Worldwide, we are increasingly living in aging societies. This dramatic demographic shift offers both challenges and front of olympic statue downtown los altos

Academic Gerontology has made huge progress in explaining and predicting the metrics of what constitutes quality of life for older persons and a central emerging theme is the powerful influence of community and context in which aging takes place.

CAFE intends to assume a leadership role in advancing our understanding and creation of Age-Friendly cities and communities by applying research and best practices of academic Gerontology to the task of advancing livable communities for all generations.