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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, …

Strengthening Community, One Individual at a Time

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWhen it comes to strengthening community, we talk a lot about the role of institutions:  government, business and nonprofits.  But an underreported and underappreciated story is the role of the individual — you and me.  There are so many engaged and active people across the country who are creating significant and lasting change in their cities and communities.  And I have a wonderful example in longtime AARP volunteer Margot Seay. A resident of Kingsport, Tenn., Margot saw a need for …

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 …

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 …

Getting Around Town

Posted on 06/25/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesHave you every struggled to get around town?  Many Americans who don’t drive are relying on public transportation to take care of their basic needs — shopping for groceries, banking, picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy, and getting to the nearest doctor’s office. For one town in New York, aging residents are singing the praises of a new transportation program that helps them stay connected to their community. With a population of about 250,000, North Hempstead is New York’s seventh …