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Simple Solutions for Vision Changes: Lighting Design Ideas

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesAt some point, many of us will find that the house that once fit us so perfectly no longer does. Maybe it’s the stairs or the bathtub or the carpet or the lighting. But, given that most of us would prefer to remain in our homes rather than move, it makes sense to change our homes to accommodate these changing needs. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence has ideas to help you create a living space that works well …

Shopping Malls: A Suburban Renaissance?

Posted on 11/19/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesSince the mid-20th century — with the rapid rise of the suburbs — shopping malls have been a big part of American life. In the ’80s and ’90s, malls became veritable town centers: giving us a one-stop shopping destination, bringing in the biggest and busiest restaurant chains, and serving as an after-school playground for our teenagers. And for many years, malls were an integral part of our culture — as evidenced by the prominent role they played in cult classics such …

Getting From Point A to Point B ­for Free!

Posted on 11/12/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesCost can sometimes be a deterrent for many seeking to ride the bus or train. Luckily, various communities around the country have an easy solution to this problem via free bus systems. These cost-free transportation systems are an excellent resource for residents of all ages. However, they introduce a unique opportunity for boomers looking for a simple way to get around, especially in cases when biking or walking isn’t an option. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter In …

Trails Are for Recreation and Transportation!

Posted on 11/7/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWhen people use trails for recreation, exercise or transportation, they improve their health by lowering their risk for heart and weight-related problems. Regular walking or bicycling also has been shown to be very beneficial to mental health, reducing stress and combating depression. Many of the trips Americans take are very short. More than a quarter of trips are within a 20-minute walk and half are within a 20-minute bicycle ride. Often the barrier to walking or bicycling is not distance, …

A Powerful New Way to Save Money

Posted on 10/29/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesThe bicycle: It’s one of the best inventions of all time, the essential precursor to the automobile that led to modern brakes, gearing and much more. And now it’s reinventing itself, in ways that can help you save money and stay healthy. The latest variety is an electric-assist bicycle, or eBike, and it deserves some consideration. You still have to pedal this bike to make it move, but not as hard. You arrive at your destination without sweating in the …

Enhance Your Living Space: Modern Design Ideas

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWhen we think about whether we fit our homes, often what comes to mind is whether our things — such as furniture, hobbies and stuff — will fit into the home. But we can also consider whether our home fits us — our needs, our desire to live comfortably, our ability to move around the space conveniently, and our capacity to accommodate any temporary limitations we may experience. Ask yourself: Is my home comfortable, convenient and safe for all members …