7 Solutions for Improving a Home’s Energy Efficiency

Guest post by Larry Zarker: You don’t need to be a mechanic to know that a car is made up of interacting components and systems, and that the failure of just one component can affect the overall performance of the vehicle. Houses work the same way. >> Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter The thermal envelope, insulation, HVAC systems, appliances, lighting and more all contribute to the comfort, health and safety of a home. Rather than focusing on a …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. People can be trained to like healthy food instead of french fries. (Learn more at CTV News) 2. Watching Hollywood action flicks on TV may be bad for your waistline. (Learn more at JAMA Internal Medicine) 3. Asian camel crickets — which will eat anything, including each other — have spread into homes across the eastern United States. (Learn more at North Carolina State University) 4. Thought to be a legacy of Chernobyl, radioactive …

Harvard Report: U.S. ‘Unprepared’ to House Coming Wave of Older Adults

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: We’ve known for a long time that the U.S. population is rapidly aging due to increased longevity and the boomer population (all of whom will be 50-plus this year). The report “Housing America’s Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population,” released today by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (with support of the AARP Foundation), makes very clear that both individually and as a nation we’re not ready for all that comes …

An Age-Friendly Home for Easy Living

Guest post by Gil Klein: When you walk into Linda Broadbent’s house in Charlottesville, you’re struck by the openness and airiness of this new home. It appears to be a comfortable place to live. What you don’t notice right away are the accommodations the builder made for her home to be certified as an EasyLiving Home, designed to accommodate people in all stages of life. Broadbent’s house is one of 36 in Charlottesville that make up Virginia’s first EasyLiving Home-certified …

Apartment Smokers: Would You Rather Switch Than Fight?

Imagine that you’ve been living for a decade in an apartment building for seniors. You’ve settled in, made friends and think of it as home. Now imagine that the building suddenly adopts a no-smoking rule and says that if you can’t or won’t comply with it, you’ll have to find someplace else to live. Like it or lump it. As the Cincinnati Enquirer tells the story, that’s what happened to Beulah Toombs, a resident of  the AHEPA 127 Apartments in …

What’s Important to Older Residents? Just Ask!

What makes someone age 50+ want to stay in their community – or want to leave? For most, the answer is feeling safe and having good schools. Those are the two top answers from more than 4,500 people age 50+ surveyed for a just-released AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) report on what older adults feel is important for what is termed a “livable community.” (I’m guessing that excellent schools are connected to higher property values and perceived as contributing to a quality …