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Recent Great PlacesPosts

Home Is Where the Health Care Is

Posted on 04/29/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Great PlacesFor millennia, the home provided a roof over our heads, a place to raise a family. Later on, pride of place set in and the home became our personal castle. And in recent decades, homeowners counted on rapidly appreciating housing values to help secure some measure of financial security and independence. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter Over time, the home has served many purposes, and its function has evolved from simply providing shelter to so much more. …

Measuring Livability

Posted on 04/25/2014 by |Senior Strategic Policy Advisor | Comments

Great Places | Public Policy InstituteOlder adults have a diverse range of preferences, needs and constraints. Income, caregiver/disability status, race and ethnicity, location and other personal factors all impact residents’ perspective on the features of their community. To advance our understanding of community livability, we held focus groups and fielded a nationwide survey to look at what older adults want and need in their communities. Their responses addressed many components of AARP’s official definition of a “livable community.” These include safety, affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, community …

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Posted on 04/9/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost 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 …

Aloha, Complete Streets!

Posted on 04/1/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Josh Perlman, AARP: To tourists and aspiring tourists, Hawaii typically means tropical beaches, balmy breezes, beautiful scenery and, perhaps, pineapple. To residents, Hawaii is all those things, as well as being a place where it’s sometimes a challenge to safely cross the road. Sign up for the Livable Communities Newsletter   In the spring of 2012 the Honolulu City Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance to put important street safety concepts into practice so the region’s roads could …

Where Have All Our Young People Gone?

Posted on 03/31/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest post by Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute: I climbed the stairs off a thriving Main Street tucked into a Seattle neighborhood and entered a large, open room where 25 young people sat staring at computers, joking around as they worked. They were all in their 20s and it was Friday, so they wore cat shirts — a new take on Casual Day. This was the nerve center of Walk Score, a hip company launched on a whim …

Ode to New Jersey

Posted on 03/7/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Nancy LeaMond, AARP:  All you have to do is say you’re from New Jersey and someone will ask, “What exit?” I’m a proud New Jersey native.  I grew up in Millburn, a north Jersey town not far from Manhattan. I lived there through high school, and I return often to visit friends and family. Even though I’m a Maryland gal now, there will always be a special place in my heart for the Garden State, which is why it’s …