Winning Resources From AARP Livable Communities

The AARP HomeFit Guide is filled with information about how home modifications — from small tweaks to full-fledged renovations — can make a home safer and more livable for older adults and people of all ages. In 2015, the AARP HomeFit program and guide underwent a large-scale remodeling and expansion to make the resource more informative, visual and — with the addition of customizable worksheets and a Spanish edition — more useful. Subscribe to the AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter »  Our HomeFit renovations have been …

Join the Journey to Disrupt Aging

En español | With the help and support of my friends, family and colleagues, and with the inspired contributions of my coworker Boe Workman, I’m counting the days to publication of Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age. Disrupt Aging is an invitation to choose how you live and age, a guide for anyone who wants to continue exploring possibilities, to celebrate discovery over decline, and to seek out opportunities to live the …

We Need to Create Communities for a Lifetime

Too many of us are outgrowing our homes and communities. They’re not becoming too small, like children’s clothes, but they just don’t fit us very well as we get older. It’s time to make some changes. So to advance the conversation about what the future of housing might look like, AARP and AARP Foundation collaborated with the Atlantic and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to organize a two-day summit on this critical issue last week. The summit’s …

A Home ‘Fit’ Remodeling Project: Finishing Touches

This is the final post 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. To see photos of the entire project, follow the slideshow link at the end of this post. From start to finish, remodeling the Cate house cost about $50,000 and took four months of renovation and construction work. Every space in the home was …

Are You Ready for the Next Wave of Technology Change?

Digital Readiness Digital readiness refers to what people do with information and communications technology and what they know about the opportunities and risks of using it. It focuses on what technology people have: what it is, how to get it, and how to use it. The issue has become more important as digital networks extend far beyond home computers and phones to include more objects of everyday life such as appliances, cars, thermostats and clothing. This growing “Internet of Things” …

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 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 and abilities. Automatic lighting increases visibility and safety, while user-friendly locks …