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Foundations Are Offering $$$ and More to Livable Communities

I have a long-standing point of view: The issue of livable communities is too big and important for any one sector to solve the challenge. For there to be a sustainable movement to create more walkable, livable communities across the country, every sector needs to be at the table. A healthy, balanced and successful effort requires that each group has its place, making different contributions. A few years ago we looked at the different sectors that were involved in livable communities …

A Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: Finishing Touches

This is the final post in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place. To see photos of the entire project, follow the slideshow link at the end of this post. From start to finish, remodeling the Cate house cost about $50,000 and took four months of renovation and construction work. Every space in the home was …

Walk and Talk at the National Walking Summit

As a member of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, an America Walks initiative, AARP Livable Communities will be walking to and talking at the second annual National Walking Summit, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-30. The event is the only national meeting that brings together the multiple supporters, allies and experts who are working to increase walking and make communities more livable and walkable. The summit’s workshops and sessions include numerous educational and “netwalking” activities, among them: America Walks “Walk the Hill” Day: Join leaders and organizers …

Wanted (Now!): Great Ideas for 26 U.S. Cities

Last fall, the Knight Foundation issued a challenge seeking “compelling and innovative” ideas for improving the 26 cities where the Knight brothers (John S. and James L.) once owned newspapers. They’re doing it again this October by inviting everyone and anyone (individuals, groups, nonprofits, for-profits, governments) with a great idea that will advance talent, opportunity or engagement to submit ideas for a chance to receive some of the $5 million in 18-month grants Knight will be awarding at the city, neighborhood and block …

Have Your Say! WHO Global Strategy on Aging and Health

The world’s population is rapidly aging. Such increased longevity brings opportunity and is something to celebrate, but it also brings challenges. Fortunately, there’s an increasing recognition that we need to create environments and systems that enable people to stay as healthy as possible as they age. Building on the launch of its anticipated Global Health and Aging report on Oct. 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking public comments in order to develop its comprehensive Global Strategy and Action …

Surgeon General Rx: More Walking, Walkable Places

In his just-released Call to Action on Walking, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy announced a national campaign to encourage Americans to walk more and make all communities safer and easier for walking. His office will partner with schools, citizens groups and businesses to meet these goals. (To get people moving they’ve even loaded a walking playlist on Pandora.)  >> GET LIVABLE! Subscribe to the award-winning AARP Livable Communities Monthly eNewsletter “Walking is a simple, effective and affordable way to build physical activity …