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Does This Town’s Housing Program Discriminate?

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayMany communities have affordable housing programs designed especially for older people on fixed incomes. The idea is to allow them to maintain a good quality of life in a safe, welcoming environment. But what if you have to be a resident of the community to qualify for affordable housing — and the community happens to be 85 percent white? Does that amount to discrimination based on race? >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter Yes, the U.S. Justice Department argues …

There’s No Place Like Home — But How Do You Define It?

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteHow would you describe what “home” means to you? When do you feel most engaged in a “community”? If you struggle to answer those questions, imagine a federal agency trying to define what “home” and “community” mean for the purposes of important public benefits. That is essentially the task that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set for itself several years ago as it began the long path to its recently released rule related to home- and community-based …

Make Reaching a Little Easier: Strength and Dexterity Solutions

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesHave you taken a good look around your home to see if it will accommodate the changes your body will likely go through as it ages? Have you done a similar scan at the home of an older relative or friend where you might be helping out? It’s not a bad idea. We make sure our homes are protected and we’re vigilant about making them safe for children. Why not make them more comfortable and convenient to accommodate the normal …

Simple Solutions for Vision Changes: Lighting Design Ideas

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesAt some point, many of us will find that the house that once fit us so perfectly no longer does. Maybe it’s the stairs or the bathtub or the carpet or the lighting. But, given that most of us would prefer to remain in our homes rather than move, it makes sense to change our homes to accommodate these changing needs. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence has ideas to help you create a living space that works well …

Your Town Tells You to Move. Would You?

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayImagine that you’ve lived in the same neighborhood for most of your life. Your friends, your family, your personal history are all rooted there. Sure, the neighborhood isn’t as desirable as it once was. It’s fallen on hard times, and there’s a lot of crime. But it’s home. Then the town decides that your neighborhood is a dump. It wants to make the working-class area more upscale by “revitalizing” it, but that means displacing you and your neighbors, most of …

Enhance Your Living Space: Modern Design Ideas

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWhen we think about whether we fit our homes, often what comes to mind is whether our things — such as furniture, hobbies and stuff — will fit into the home. But we can also consider whether our home fits us — our needs, our desire to live comfortably, our ability to move around the space conveniently, and our capacity to accommodate any temporary limitations we may experience. Ask yourself: Is my home comfortable, convenient and safe for all members …