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Age-Friendly Faces and Places Photo Contest Winners

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Grantmakers In Aging, a nonprofit that works with philanthropies and other organizations to improve the experience of aging, has announced the winners of its first “Friendly Places, Friendly Faces” photo contest. (Among the contest’s four judges was Deb Whitman, AARP executive vice president of policy, strategy and international affairs.) The contest categories focused on “the elements that help to make communities great places to grow up and grow old,” explains Grantmakers In Aging. Here’s the …

Pedestrian Fatalities Map: Check Out a Corner Near You

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Three years ago the “Dangerous by Design” report noted that between the years 2000 and 2009 the number of vehicle-caused pedestrian deaths was equivalent to “a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.” Subscribe today! AARP Livable Communities Newsletter Streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles are “dangerous by design,” explains the National Complete Streets Coalition, the Smart Growth America program behind the report (of …

Walking to the White House

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP (updated May 13, 2014): If Dan Burden could have walked the 2,745 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., where he lives and works, and arrive in Washington, D.C., by May 13, there’s a good chance he’d have done so. As cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Burden travels the nation (and points beyond) helping cities, towns and neighborhoods become more walkable. His efforts earned him an invitation to the White House, where he was …

Builders Learn the Importance of ‘Women-Centric’ Homes

Guest post by Jan Cullinane: Single women are the second-largest group of homeowners after couples, and they purchase almost twice as many homes on a first-time and repeat basis than single men do, reports the National Association of Home Builders. More women than men live alone, and single women are more likely to own their homes than single men (56 percent compared to 47 percent). Recognizing that in 91 percent of home sales, women are the prime drivers of the …

Remember When Kids Went Outside to Play?

Guest post by Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute: Close your eyes and think of one of your greatest moments in childhood. For me, one is falling through an ice-covered pond on a subzero day – then trekking two miles, climbing snow-laden fences, pant legs frozen above my knees, feet cold and numb, and my heart pounding with the wonder of discovery. That day I learned a new boundary, one I’d later break again and, as a result, learn even more. Stay …

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: AARP research consistently finds that older adults (for the purposes of the survey that’s age 45-plus) want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. >> Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter That can be done by staying put and “aging in place,” which may require making some design or decorating adjustments to your home, and by living in an “age-friendly community,” which is a city, town or neighborhood …