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10 Principles for Creating Age-Friendly Communities
Posted By Jana Lynott On April 15, 2013 @ 11:48 am In Livable Communities | Comments Disabled
By Jana Lynott & Rodney Harrell
What makes a community age-friendly? This question faces communities across the nation as the baby boomers age and the older population grows. Communities need to prepare now or they will find themselves struggling to catch up.
Age-friendly communities treat all residents and visitors with respect, regardless of age, income or physical ability. They keep individuals socially connected and engaged in community life and they enhance opportunities to be healthy and active. These are communities that meet the needs of those age 5 or 105, pushing a stroller, or boarding a bus with a cane.
AARP promotes livable communities policies that:
Older adults tell us they wish to age in their homes and communities, close to friends, family, and the local haunts they love. Most will reject high-priced institutional care and will continue to live in the community, even if they have one or more disabilities. Is your community prepared?
About the authors:
Jana Lynott, AICP, is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute where she manages AARP’s transportation research agenda. As a land use and transportation planner, she brings practical expertise to the research field.
Rodney Harrell, PhD., is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute and is responsible for AARP’s housing research agenda. His expertise includes housing affordability and accessibility, transit-oriented development, community redevelopment and sustainable community initiatives.
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