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Are Your Streets Working for You? Part II

Posted on 10/8/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWith today’s post, I want to pick up where I left off last time, when I wrote about bringing a “people first” focus to our streets. Let’s start by celebrating some of the people who are succeeding, which hopefully will embolden you to take up the same cause in your own town. The story I want to share is unfolding in Hamburg, N.Y., where the New York State Department of Transportation proposed major improvements 12 years ago for a one-mile …

Task Force for Aging in Lake Placid

Posted on 09/12/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesThe challenges we all face when thinking about aging in place are similar, but you will have different needs depending on whether you live in a city, small city, urban, suburban or rural setting.  These challenges and concerns can be exacerbated if you live in a very rural and even mountainous region.  This is unless you are fortunate enough to live in the service area of Mercy Care of the Adirondacks (my favorite place on the planet). Lake Placid and …

Greening In Place

Posted on 09/5/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesI had the privilege of working with a great team on REMODELING’s Home for Life 2013, a virtual remodeling project featuring universal design and green remodeling principles. Although I wasn’t specifically considering aging-in-place issues in my work on the project, in retrospect, green remodeling provides many benefits for older people and those with physical disabilities, as well as the average homeowner. Retirees’ incomes are often fixed or are even declining. A high-performance home saves energy, ensuring lower utility bills, allowing …

How Do You Know If a Town Is Right for You?

Posted on 08/27/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesIn earlier blog posts, I’ve addressed the idea of retiring in the neighborhood you’ve come to love, the one where you have established friendships and social circles. But what if your quest is to go someplace new, in the same town or even far away? My wife, Lys, and I moved more than 3,000 miles, leaving Florida for the cooler climate of the Pacific Northwest. We wanted to be in the center of innovative town making, a place where we …

Congrats to Memphis! And Passage of the Nation’s 500th Complete Streets Policy

Posted on 08/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Great PlacesToday the nation will celebrate passage of the 500th piece of “complete street” legislation. This is a major milestone toward achieving safe streets for everyone, regardless of age and ability. All eyes will be on Memphis, Tenn., which landed lucky No. 500. Through executive order, Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. has directed that new road facilities and major renovations accommodate all users and all means of travel. The city commits to building 15 miles of new protected bike lanes and will …

Transportation for Older Adults Requires a Tapestry of Funding Sources

Posted on 08/7/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute“We desperately need that service in our community, but how do we fund it?” is a common complaint I hear across the country as communities try to meet the growing demand for transportation services. A recent publication, Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults, addresses this important question. The report by the AARP Public Policy Institute highlights seven case studies that show how transportation providers in diverse communities combine federal grants with state, local and private-sector …