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‘No Finer Place for Sure’ — Go Downtown

Posted on 01/16/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest post by Dan Burden: If you’re a boomer, the word “downtown” — and especially Petula Clark’s 1964 hit song “Downtown” — evokes many images and feelings. “Linger on the sidewalks where the neon signs are pretty,” she sings. “The lights are much brighter there. You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares. So, go downtown.” I recall from as early as 8 years of age my sense of independence and pride in going to downtown Columbus, Ohio, …

Smart Solutions to Cold-Weather Home Energy Problems

Posted on 01/10/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGuest post by Claire Easley: With dropping temperatures and winter storms popping up across the country, homeowners may begin to notice energy troubles at home — high utility bills, drafty rooms, inconsistent temperatures inside the house and icicles hanging from the roof. For many homeowners, these problems appear to be the predictable consequences of cold temperatures. But in many cases, the problems are the result of a home’s energy systems. Fortunately, solutions are available, even for older homes. INDOOR PROBLEMS …

Creating Age-Friendly Communities in Canada

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGreat models for living abound with our Canadian neighbors to the north, who are building wonderful mixed-age, mixed-use communities that offer independent living for their elders. Consider the municipalities of Vernon and Langley in British Columbia, where I recently spent time helping them lay out walkability ground rules for age-friendly neighborhoods. Vernon is the smaller of the two, with a population of 60,000. The city has an intact, prosperous downtown, with many restored and new multistory buildings for seniors in …

Make Reaching a Little Easier: Strength and Dexterity Solutions

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesHave you taken a good look around your home to see if it will accommodate the changes your body will likely go through as it ages? Have you done a similar scan at the home of an older relative or friend where you might be helping out? It’s not a bad idea. We make sure our homes are protected and we’re vigilant about making them safe for children. Why not make them more comfortable and convenient to accommodate the normal …

Active Transportation

Posted on 12/12/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesActive transportation connects people and places. It provides access to jobs, education, shopping, transit and recreation. In short, trails, bike pathways and greenways make for great places to live and to visit. Next time you see one of those “America’s Best Places to Live” lists that magazines often compile, you’ll notice that most of these heralded communities have one thing in common: a great trail system and safe places to walk and bike. Billings, Mont., is one such community. Long …

Density: The Scary Word

Posted on 12/10/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesAmericans love traveling to cities where there’s excitement on the streets and people-watching is rewarding and fun; places where it’s easy to take care of the needs of daily life, yet these same routines often bring pleasant surprises. We take photos and put them on the mantelpiece to preserve fond memories. These cities — as small as Winter Park, Fla.; Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.; Princeton, N.J.; Burlington, Vt.; Sitka, Alaska; and Charleston, S.C. — have much in common, but the glue that …