The Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Bathroom

The following is post No. 4 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. Over the years, certain bathroom design elements have evolved due to advances in plumbing and norms for how we bathe, groom and perform various daily …

Investing in Transportation Strengthens the Economy and Saves Lives

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer travel. But our nation’s transportation system is fraying at the seams. The pride we once took in the roads, bridges, and rails built by the Greatest Generation has given way to daily frustration at the disrepair that makes it harder to get where we need to go. The recent Amtrak tragedy is yet another sign that our transportation infrastructure is not what it needs to be. It’s time to invest in the future. …

Affordable Housing, Active Living Top Agenda at White House Forum

“Retirement is no longer looked at as the last chapter of one’s life, but rather a new and exciting beginning for the next phase of life,” said Julian Castro, U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, at a White House Conference on Aging regional forum in Cleveland on April 27. “Older Americans want to be active. They want to contribute and build lives of fulfillment and of their own choosing,” Castro told attendees. In light of that, he called for …

Livability’s the Point of Urban Renewal in Fort Worth

Just northeast of downtown Fort Worth, in a neighborhood of artists, professionals and working-class residents, a cadre of AARP volunteers is collaborating with community leaders and residents to transform Six Points Urban Village in the Riverside District into a vibrant, walkable place. Named for its six-way intersection of three major streets, Six Points is one of 16 designated urban villages in Fort Worth. They’re small, dense — and sometimes long-neglected — pockets of the city that have been identified for a makeover …

San Antonio Mayoral Candidates Talk Livability

Mayoral candidates in San Antonio, Texas, joined AARP on April 14 for a debate that was moderated by Elaine Ayala of the San Antonio Express-News and was about making San Antonio more age-friendly. Participating were Tommy Adkisson, Bexar County Precinct 4 Commissioner; Ivy Taylor, San Antonio’s current mayor; Leticia Van de Putte, a former Texas state senator; and Mike Villarreal, a former state representative. Each candidate weighed in on livability issues focused around the core theme: How can we ensure that San Antonio streets and …

A ‘Home Fit’ Remodeling Project: The Entryway

This is entry No. 3 in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project to make a Florida house better suited for aging in place. The posts so far: 1. Getting Started, 2. Finding the Experts. The entryway is one of the most important areas that need to be addressed in a home for life design. No steps, a minimal threshold and a 36-inch clearance maximize access into and out of the home for people of all ages …