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Is Your Community Retirement Ready?

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWhen you purchased your home, I bet you believed you would live there forever.  Wanting to remain in your home throughout your life is a very common desire.  Whenever AARP asks our members in surveys whether they wish to remain in their homes as they age, the response is overwhelmingly yes, with nearly 90% of all respondents responding so. The good news is that many communities are working with residents, community partners, civics, chambers of commerce, and AARP to encourage …

Is Your Home Retirement Ready?

Posted on 07/18/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesThe need to make homes flexible, safe and comfortable is growing because many Americans are remaining in their homes well into their retirement years. So how can you determine what modifications are needed for your home to prepare it for your retirement? Well, a good start is visiting the 2013 Home For Life tool, a photo-realistic online tour that transforms a classic suburban family house into a convenient, energy-efficient home for an active boomer couple. The tool offers a wealth …

What Dads Really Need for Father’s Day

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyMy dad is a man of simple needs, and the same goes for his Father’s Day desires. Last year my mom and I surprised him with a charcoal grill, and, in a pinch, he always appreciates a handmade coupon for nine holes of golf with his favorite (and only) daughter. My parents have recently graduated to empty-nester status and, as they revel over the clutter-free counter tops and the need for only one carton of milk a week, the whole …

Green Acres Not the Place to Be Anymore

Posted on 06/13/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsBy Hannah Dreier and Hope Yen of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rural America is losing population for the first time ever, largely because of waning interest among baby boomers in moving to far-flung locations for retirement and recreation, according to new census estimates. Long weighed down by dwindling populations in farming and coal communities and the movement of young people to cities, rural counties are being hit by sputtering growth in retirement and recreation areas, once residential hot …

Active Living for All Ages: Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit

Posted on 06/10/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute“You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl,” says Lila Sanger, who grew up in New York City and found her perfect retirement home in the Jefferson, an independent living condo complex in one of Arlington, Virginia’s dense urban neighborhoods near Metro. “I chose the Jefferson for two reasons: the location, and the location.” The extensive county transit network provides almost door-to-door service to Lila’s local haunts, such as …

What Are Complete Streets?

Posted on 06/6/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesDo you have easy access to schools, parks, medical facilities and simple services like grocery and drug stores? Do you have alternative transportation options when the car is in the shop?  Does your neighborhood have sidewalks? And if so, are they well maintained? If you are like the large majority of Americans, your plan is to stay in your community — if not in your very same home — as you get older. However, in order to do so, you …