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Walking to the White House

Posted on 05/12/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP (updated May 13, 2014): If Dan Burden could have walked the 2,745 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., where he lives and works, and arrive in Washington, D.C., by May 13, there’s a good chance he’d have done so. As cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Burden travels the nation (and points beyond) helping cities, towns and neighborhoods become more walkable. His efforts earned him an invitation to the White House, where he was …

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 …

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 …

Grandma Betty: Why ‘Cute’ Can’t Capture It

Posted on 03/20/2014 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeLet me first say I love what’s going on with Grandma Betty, the Indiana octogenarian turned Instagram star. When Betty was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her great-grandson Zach opened an account (@grandmabetty33) to chronicle her journey. More than 309,000 followers later, what started as a project for friends and family has turned into a worldwide sensation. I just love that the bond between a great-grandmother and her teenage great-grandson, more than 60 years her junior, has inspired an outpouring of …

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 …