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Remembering 9/11 With Acts of Service

Posted on 09/10/2013 by | Best Life | Comments

Your LifeAs we remember Sept. 11, 2001, stories of good deeds that sprouted from that tragedy abound. One of them is how the tiny Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland, and neighboring communities came to the aid of passengers aboard 38 planes that were hurriedly diverted to the North Atlantic fueling stop. Grateful passengers and crew members on one Delta flight – who received food, shelter and whatever they needed for their unexpected stay – decided to pay forward the kindness by …

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 …

Great Ideas for Great Places: Cycle Tracks!

Posted on 08/20/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWelcome to my series, Great Ideas for Great Places! I’ll highlight the innovative, creative and even downright quirky ideas happening that make homes and communities great places to live. If you have an idea to share, please feel free to tell me all about it at the Livable Community Story page! As you may know, there has been an increase in the number of people riding bikes. Some folks ride for health, some for fun, some to get around town and …

How Innovative Businesses Serve the Community

Posted on 08/15/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWhat do Columbus, Ind., and Las Vegas have in common? On the surface — geography, size, weather — not much. But after visiting each of these cities this summer, I discovered a common thread: Both have benefited from corporate visionaries who employed innovation and philanthropy in their communities to attract a world-class workforce. Columbus, Ind., population 45,000, has long been known as headquarters to manufacturing companies — most notably, Cummins Engine Co. But what may surprise you is that Columbus is also …

Transportation for Older Adults Requires a Tapestry of Funding Sources

Posted on 08/7/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute“We desperately need that service in our community, but how do we fund it?” is a common complaint I hear across the country as communities try to meet the growing demand for transportation services. A recent publication, Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults, addresses this important question. The report by the AARP Public Policy Institute highlights seven case studies that show how transportation providers in diverse communities combine federal grants with state, local and private-sector …

Indianapolis Cultural Trail: Known by Few, Used by Many

Posted on 07/16/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesIf there were an award for the most under-appreciated trail network, Indianapolis would be a contender. Home to some of the fastest race cars on earth, many Hoosiers leave their cars behind to enjoy the city’s futuristic people-mover system, or to walk and bike on what is undoubtedly one of the best trail systems in America. Earlier this year, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail opened with eight miles of great places to bike and walk. The Cultural Trail is a uniquely …