AARP Education & Outreach, Livable Communities

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Making Places (Even Times Square) More Livable

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Times Square in New York is one of those places that people recognize and can picture even if they’ve never set foot in the city. And although Times Square itself has changed a lot in 110 years (the location received its current name when the New York Times moved its headquarters there in 1904), it retains its unique appearance and sense of place. Stay Informed: Subscribe to the AARP Livable Communities Monthly e-Newsletter It wouldn’t …

Harvard Report: U.S. ‘Unprepared’ to House Coming Wave of Older Adults

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: We’ve known for a long time that the U.S. population is rapidly aging due to increased longevity and the boomer population (all of whom will be 50-plus this year). The report “Housing America’s Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population,” released today by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (with support of the AARP Foundation), makes very clear that both individually and as a nation we’re not ready for all that comes …

Remodeling a Bathroom for Aging in Place

Guest post by Bruce Case, Case Design/Remodeling “Is this the house we’ll retire in?” Crystal and Chris K. frequently asked one another about their home in Silver Spring, Md. The question was important because the answer would determine if they’d remodel or sell their house. If they stayed, some home renovations would be needed in order to successfully age in place. If they eventually moved, a home renovation wouldn’t be all that worthwhile. When Chris and Crystal ultimately made the …

People Located Near Bike Lanes and Walking Paths Exercise More (A Lot More)

Post by Shyidah Sala’huddin, AARP: Not exercising isn’t completely your fault. A study conducted in the United Kingdom by the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit (and published in July by the American Journal of Public Health) finds that people who live near bike lanes and walking paths are likely to exercise at least 40 minutes more a week than people who don’t have easy access to such traffic-free routes. In fact, for every 0.6 miles a person resides near …

Why Cities Need to Be Business-Friendly, Family-Friendly and Age-Friendly

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we won’t even try. Ted Wheeler is the state treasurer of Oregon. On July 17 he was the keynote speaker at an AARP and Governing magazine roundtable event that convened Portland-area elected officials, municipal and regional staff, and private-sector leaders to share strategies for creating age-friendly, livable places. Following are Wheeler’s spot-on remarks about the importance of livable communities for people of all ages: “By 2030 1 out of every 5 people …

Pedestrian Safety Is Long Overdue on Long Island

Post by Will Stoner, AARP New York: Sunrise Highway, also known as Route 27, is an east-west thoroughfare that extends across Long Island, from the New York borough of Brooklyn to the seaside village of Montauk Point. At several points along the way (most notably in an eight-mile stretch in Nassau County) Sunrise Highway is crowded with shopping centers and strip malls, dangerous intersections, tightly placed on-off ramps – and limited or nonexistent safety features for pedestrians. The highway is …