Redefining Home to Address the Future of Housing

by Rodney Harrell with Shannon Guzman and Dan Soliman   In 1961, AARP’s founder, Ethel Andrus, presented President Dwight Eisenhower with Freedom House. The scale model of a uniquely designed home contained what we would now call universal design features that allow people to stay in their homes as they age. Fifty-seven years later, we continue to implement that vision. This morning in Memphis, Walter Moody, a veteran who has faced a range of life challenges including housing instability, is …

HIVE Buzzes With Talk About Aging-Friendly Housing

“Who here,” asks architect Sarah Susanka, addressing a packed ballroom of housing industry professionals at the 2016 HIVE (housing innovation, vision and economics) Conference in Los Angeles, “is looking forward to retiring?” Several arms shoot into the air. “Who here,” she repeats, “is looking forward to moving to an active adult community?” A handful of hands are raised, accompanied by a chorus of laughter. “Who’s looking forward to living in an assisted-living facility?” she asks the crowd at the Hanley …

What the Spending Bill Means for Older Americans

The $1.1 trillion spending bill will do more than keep the federal government open well into next year. Nearly half of the appropriations will go toward non-defense programs, and in some cases, the bill directs more money to programs that benefit the lives of Americans age 50 and up. “This bill not only avoids the deep cuts to scores of critical programs, it provides noteworthy increases for many services critical to older Americans, including health, nutrition and caregiver services, as …

We Need to Create Communities for a Lifetime

Too many of us are outgrowing our homes and communities. They’re not becoming too small, like children’s clothes, but they just don’t fit us very well as we get older. It’s time to make some changes. So to advance the conversation about what the future of housing might look like, AARP and AARP Foundation collaborated with the Atlantic and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to organize a two-day summit on this critical issue last week. The summit’s …

Get Ready for the Future of Housing (and Two Contests)

Many, perhaps even most homes in the United States aren’t well suited for aging in place. A house with stairs at every entrance can be difficult if not impossible for a person with mobility problems to access. Bathrooms without grab bars to help prevent slips and falls can be hazardous for users of any age. CONTEST #1 The Re-Defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow Design Challenge invites architects and designers to create new standards in housing design so people can stay …

8 Scams That Take Aim at Veterans

En español  | Just in time for Veterans Day, there’s a despicable new addition to a long list of scams that target veterans and their families. Scammers are calling widows of military veterans, saying the deceased had a hefty life insurance policy but payments are in arrears — and a few thousand dollars will bring the life insurance policy up to date. Whether you’re an active-duty member or a military veteran, a family member or an everyday civilian who appreciates …