The MetLife Foundation is supporting a project to find out how well U.S. communities are accommodating the elderly.[@@]

The foundation, a charitable organization established by MetLife Inc., New York, says it will survey 10,000 local governments to determine their “aging readiness.” The survey will delve into such questions as whether a town promotes sound nutrition and physical fitness among senior citizens and offers opportunities for them to engage in civic-minded activities.

The survey will examine a total of 15 indicators intended to show whether cities and counties are providing a good environment for growing old.

The foundation ultimately aims to uncover best practices among communities in providing for senior citizens.

It is undertaking the effort in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the International City-County Management Association, the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities.