Making a House a ‘Home for Life’

Meet John and Jane Doe. An active couple in their mid- to late 50s with two married children and four grandchildren, this pair loves their home, community and neighbors. Although they’re still in good health, John is having knee problems and will likely need surgery, which has prompted the duo to starting thinking about the future. Any of this sound familiar? The imaginary Doe family represents the millions of boomers now age 50 and older. It was around their needs …

How to Stay Warm and Save Energy

For people in much of the country, temperatures are going down and utility bills are skyrocketing up. Home heating accounts for about 45 percent of the typical American household’s energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. One of the biggest culprits behind high heating bills is heat loss that occurs through small holes and cracks in the home’s envelope. Though seemingly small, these little escape hatches can drain up to 25 percent of a home’s heat, DOE reports. …

Texas Study: Walkable Communities Really Do Work

It may seem a bit of a disconnect, but Texas, an expansive state connected by hundreds and hundreds of miles of highway, is home to a new study showing that pedestrian-oriented, activity-friendly “walkable communities” result in a healthier and more socially supportive and engaged population. The study, led by Xuemei Zhu, an architecture professor at Texas A&M University, surveyed 449 residents of Mueller, a walkable, transit-oriented development in Austin, Texas. Zhu and her researchers found that when the residents compared …

Across the States: Fighting for You in 2015

This month, state legislatures throughout the nation are convening to mark the inauguration of new governors, state legislators and other state leaders. We will then begin to hear State of the State messages from governors that detail the challenges, opportunities and priorities they have defined for the year ahead. At AARP, we’ve also set our priorities for 2015 with a state advocacy agenda that highlights how we will continue to fight for you in every state, the District of Columbia, …

Wins for AARP Livable and ‘Incomplete Streets’

The AARP Livable Communities team is proud to announce that our recently relaunched website (AARP.org/livable) and still-young monthly e-newsletter (AARP.org/livable-newsletter) can now be described as “award-winning.” In fact, our website and e-newsletter are multi-award-winning, as is our slideshow “Dangerously Incomplete Streets,” which was published in May upon the release of the “2014 Dangerous by Design” report by the National Complete Streets Coalition. The MIN Editorial & Design Awards are presented by MIN (aka: the “media industry newsletter”), which is a …

The Most Age-Friendly Places to Live

What are the best places to live if you’re age 65 or older? Of the 100 most populous American cities, these lead the list: Madison, Wis. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa Provo-Orem, Utah Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H. Salt Lake City Of small towns, these are on top: Iowa City, Iowa Sioux Falls, S.D. Columbia, Mo. Bismarck, N.D. Rapid City, S.D. All of this is according to the Best Cities for Successful Aging report released Nov. 18 by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, California-based think tank. …