great places to live when youre 50

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 …

Reimagining Communities for Future Generations

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

Great PlacesJanuary 1, 2011, the day the baby boomers began turning 65, marked the beginning of the greatest demographic shift in our nation’s history – a shift that will see one of every five Americans age 65 and older by 2050. We’ve been talking about the impending age Boom for years. Well, suffice to say that the boom is here. Often, the ‘aging’ of America is talked about in the aggregate.  Indeed, here in Washington, conversations about the aging population usually …

Adapt Your Home to Your Future Needs … Now!

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

Great PlacesMany homebuilders build houses for the young, with little thought to how our needs change when the kids grow up and move out to start their own families. When that time comes, you might find yourself thinking, now what? Your house, after all, is so much more than a place to sleep; it’s rooted in a community. So, before you consider leaving the place you’ve called home for years and your friends, neighbors, and fellow church members, think about how …

How You Can Make Your Town Safe and Walkable for All

Posted on 06/5/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesAll Sarah Clark Stuart wanted was for her family to be able to safely access the Schuylkill River Trail, just across the tracks from the Philadelphia neighborhood where she lived. But the passing of freight trains made the crossing unsafe, especially for her then-young children, and also for the many older adults who lived nearby. For them, the trail was an invaluable place to exercise or safely travel by foot or bicycle. It also built a sense of community. But …