Why Cities Need to Be Business-Friendly, Family-Friendly and Age-Friendly

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we won’t even try. Ted Wheeler is the state treasurer of Oregon. On July 17 he was the keynote speaker at an AARP and Governing magazine roundtable event that convened Portland-area elected officials, municipal and regional staff, and private-sector leaders to share strategies for creating age-friendly, livable places. Following are Wheeler’s spot-on remarks about the importance of livable communities for people of all ages: “By 2030 1 out of every 5 people …

Different Generations, Similar Desire for Walkable Communities

  Comments on a blog post about a revitalizing neighborhood in Washington, D.C., claimed that older people often don’t care about having amenities such as shopping and health care within walking distance. They can live in the suburbs and have everything they need. Affordable housing in urban areas, one person argued, better serves younger people who work. But, as an author of the recently released AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) What Is Livable? Report, I can tell you the opposite is true: …

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 …

Driving Around in Circles Is a Good Thing

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Really, it is. So long as the circle you’re driving in is a modern roundabout. Unlike traditional roundabouts, rotaries or traffic circles, which can be terrifyingly large, complex and fast (Paris’s Arc de Triomphe sits at the center of one such risky round roadway), modern roundabouts are smaller, simpler and slower. Subscribe Today! AARP Livable Communities Newsletter In fact, by making the streets that pass through neighborhoods slower and narrower, modern roundabouts help roads become …

Homes Built for Everyone at Every Age

Post by Josh Perlman, AARP: The Better Living Design Institute‘s new website - betterlivingdesign.org - launched this week as a resource for homeowners, designers, builders and remodelers looking to create age-friendly homes with appeal to residents of any age. The institute was founded in 2012 by Bill Owens, president of Owens Construction, a residential design-build firm based in central Ohio, and Richard Duncan, a planner who leads the RL Mace Universal Design Institute in North Carolina. Both partners have decades of experience ensuring …

Age-Friendly Faces and Places Photo Contest Winners

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Grantmakers In Aging, a nonprofit that works with philanthropies and other organizations to improve the experience of aging, has announced the winners of its first “Friendly Places, Friendly Faces” photo contest. (Among the contest’s four judges was Deb Whitman, AARP executive vice president of policy, strategy and international affairs.) The contest categories focused on “the elements that help to make communities great places to grow up and grow old,” explains Grantmakers In Aging. Here’s the …