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An aging population directly influences the activities of community planners. Planning issues have a bearing on the quality of life older people experience living in the community. By consciously involving older citizens in the plan-making process, planners can better understand the visions and unique needs of this sector of the population. A questionnaire was developed to measure the degree of effort planners make to involve older citizens in the planning process. It was administered to planners in a sample of 30 jurisdictions in Florida. The results indicate that planners have generally neglected older adults as part the citizen participation process. Since planners have an important role to play in planning for communities as they age, increased participation of older adults throughout the plan-making process could result in plans and over time, in communities, that are more elder-friendly and therefore more livable for everyone.