aging in place

The Infrastructure of Inequality

Posted on 10/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Public Policy InstitutePut people first. That was a theme of the first national Walk Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 1-3. Unfortunately the message relayed by several participants was not encouraging. “I feel my life is worth less than nothing,” said one self-described vulnerable road user as she outlined the challenges of navigating our transportation system without a car. The Sunday before the Walk Summit, I was driving along a four-lane road in my neighborhood and was surprised to see a young man …

Planning for the Lifestyle You Want As You Age

Posted on 09/19/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWhere we choose to live — our communities and our own homes — can have an enormous impact on our happiness, well-being and fulfillment. Through the stages of our lives, many factors affect our decisions about where we live and the kind of homes we live in. Living on your own for the first time, you might have chosen an affordable apartment near your college town or first job. Later, you may have selected a community near your job and …

Task Force for Aging in Lake Placid

Posted on 09/12/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesThe challenges we all face when thinking about aging in place are similar, but you will have different needs depending on whether you live in a city, small city, urban, suburban or rural setting.  These challenges and concerns can be exacerbated if you live in a very rural and even mountainous region.  This is unless you are fortunate enough to live in the service area of Mercy Care of the Adirondacks (my favorite place on the planet). Lake Placid and …

Greening In Place

Posted on 09/5/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesI had the privilege of working with a great team on REMODELING’s Home for Life 2013, a virtual remodeling project featuring universal design and green remodeling principles. Although I wasn’t specifically considering aging-in-place issues in my work on the project, in retrospect, green remodeling provides many benefits for older people and those with physical disabilities, as well as the average homeowner. Retirees’ incomes are often fixed or are even declining. A high-performance home saves energy, ensuring lower utility bills, allowing …

High-Speed Networks Give Communities an Age-Friendly Advantage

Posted on 09/4/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteAffordable access to high-speed Internet networks provides communities with a powerful platform to help meet the challenges — and take advantage of the opportunities — associated with an aging population. This approach to community development deserves more attention from supporters of both age-friendly communities and community broadband networks. High-speed Internet connectivity enables a growing array of applications and services that create and enhance opportunities for health, participation and independence for older Americans.  A recent AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) report …

The Illinois Prairie Path: 50 Years of Walkability

Posted on 08/1/2013 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesMy first two posts featured cities that are making it easier for residents to age in place. Indianapolis and Philadelphia are great urban environments for people of all ages. But roughly half of Americans live in suburbs. What are the challenges and opportunities for suburbanites who want to stay in their homes after they retire? In 1963, 70-year-old May Watts had recently retired and was living in her suburban Chicago house surrounded by gardens designed by the noted landscape architect, …