AARP officially welcomed Massachusetts into its network of Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

Dartmouth was designated an Age-Friendly Community by AARP a couple of years ago and is ramping up its efforts to live up to the title, asking seniors to complete a survey to get a sense of what they like about the town and what they'd like to see in place to make the town a better place to live for an aging population.

Gov. Charlie Baker accepted an official certification last week from AARP National Board President Eric J. Schneidewind during the agency's annual volunteer meeting in Framingham,

“We are delighted to acknowledge the commitment of Massachusetts to become an age-friendly state, only the second in the nation to take this step,” Schneidewind said. New York enrolled with AARP to become an age-friendly state last year.

AARP’s Age-Friendly Network asks for commitment from state elected leadership to work actively toward making the state a great place to live for people of all ages.

“Many of Massachusetts’ older adults have the time, energy and talent available to start a second or third career, volunteer in their community, become a mentor or pursue an unfulfilled passion,” Baker said. “By enrolling in the network of Age-Friendly States, Massachusetts embraces the opportunity to promote, celebrate and lead on aging.”

Baker outlined the work of his Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, established last year to seek input from leaders from the aging, business, government, nonprofit, technology, education, transportation, housing and health care sectors to recommend innovative policies and best practices to support and engage older residents. Baker released the council’s 36-page report identifying opportunities to make the state the most age-friendly in the nation.

Adults age 60 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population and will make up 23 percent of the Commonwealth’s population by 2035, according to a news release.

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities helps participating states become great places by adopting such features as walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.

The eight Age-Friendly/Livable Community domains outlined by WHO and AARP are:

• Outdoor spaces and buildings

• Transportation

• Housing

• Social participation

• Respect and social inclusion

• Work and civic engagement

• Communication and information, and

• Community and health services.

"Well-designed, livable communities help sustain economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents — of all ages," AARP said in the release.

A Dartmouth steering committee began meeting in January to discuss plans for a thorough survey of seniors throughout town and will address the responses the survey attracts as a next step.

More information is available at aarp.org/livable.