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, …

What’s Weather Got to Do With It?

When AARP published its Most Livable Places at 50+, more than a few eyebrows rose. “How is it that so many cold places in the Midwest rate highly for livability?” was a common question from our website visitors. “Isn’t weather fundamental to livability?” they asked. Climate certainly can be an important consideration when choosing where to live; however, the Public Policy Institute’s Livability Index is designed to give people and local policymakers the information they need to determine how well …

Walk and Talk at the National Walking Summit

As a member of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, an America Walks initiative, AARP Livable Communities will be walking to and talking at the second annual National Walking Summit, to be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-30. The event is the only national meeting that brings together the multiple supporters, allies and experts who are working to increase walking and make communities more livable and walkable. The summit’s workshops and sessions include numerous educational and “netwalking” activities, among them: America Walks “Walk the Hill” Day: Join …

The 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. The posts so far: 1. Getting Started. 2. Finding the Experts. 3. The Entryway. 4. The Bathroom. 5. The Kitchen. One of the great features of the home we’re working on is the open living space between the living …

The Livability Index: What’s in a Score?

The Livability Index: Great Neighborhoods for All Ages does a few unique things and we are glad to know that residents and policymakers are beginning to use it. The index’s categories cover the wide range of issues that affect people’s lives and their ability to stay in their neighborhood if they want to do so. In What Is Livable we asked many different types of people across the country what was important to them. One general conclusion from that survey work …