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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 …

The Home for Life ‘Virtual Home’ 2015 Edition

Universal design is about creating an attractive, stylish space that everyone, regardless of age or ability, can live in or visit — even as needs change. The 2015 Home for Life “virtual home” project by Hanley Wood, publisher of Remodeling magazine, showcases photorealistic renderings of a sample age-friendly home. AARP is a sponsor of the Home for Life program, which debuted in 2011. >> GET LIVABLE! Subscribe to the award-winning AARP Livable Communities Monthly eNewsletter This year’s virtual home is a continuation …

AARP to Speak at the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit

More than 500 policy makers, researchers, educators and public health practitioners will convene at the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C., on July 27 and 28 to discuss how social, environmental and emotional factors can improve the quality of life of older adults and reduce health care costs. This “state-of-the-science” meeting, cosponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will feature speakers from AARP, …

A Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Living Space

The following is post No. 6 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. One of the great features of the home we’re working on is the open living space between the living room, dining room and family room. Because of this flexible layout, future homeowners will have the option to use the …

A Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Kitchen

The following is post No. 5 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.  Kitchens work differently for different people. That’s why I ask my clients questions like, “Do you do more stove-top cooking or baking?” “How many people do you cook for?” “Where do you do most of your prep work?” “How often …