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Creating Age-Friendly Communities in Canada

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesGreat models for living abound with our Canadian neighbors to the north, who are building wonderful mixed-age, mixed-use communities that offer independent living for their elders. Consider the municipalities of Vernon and Langley in British Columbia, where I recently spent time helping them lay out walkability ground rules for age-friendly neighborhoods. Vernon is the smaller of the two, with a population of 60,000. The city has an intact, prosperous downtown, with many restored and new multistory buildings for seniors in …

Make Reaching a Little Easier: Strength and Dexterity Solutions

Posted on 12/17/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesHave you taken a good look around your home to see if it will accommodate the changes your body will likely go through as it ages? Have you done a similar scan at the home of an older relative or friend where you might be helping out? It’s not a bad idea. We make sure our homes are protected and we’re vigilant about making them safe for children. Why not make them more comfortable and convenient to accommodate the normal …

Active Transportation

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

Great PlacesActive transportation connects people and places. It provides access to jobs, education, shopping, transit and recreation. In short, trails, bike pathways and greenways make for great places to live and to visit. Next time you see one of those “America’s Best Places to Live” lists that magazines often compile, you’ll notice that most of these heralded communities have one thing in common: a great trail system and safe places to walk and bike. Billings, Mont., is one such community. Long …

Density: The Scary Word

Posted on 12/10/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesAmericans love traveling to cities where there’s excitement on the streets and people-watching is rewarding and fun; places where it’s easy to take care of the needs of daily life, yet these same routines often bring pleasant surprises. We take photos and put them on the mantelpiece to preserve fond memories. These cities — as small as Winter Park, Fla.; Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.; Princeton, N.J.; Burlington, Vt.; Sitka, Alaska; and Charleston, S.C. — have much in common, but the glue that …

Simple Solutions for Vision Changes: Lighting Design Ideas

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesAt some point, many of us will find that the house that once fit us so perfectly no longer does. Maybe it’s the stairs or the bathtub or the carpet or the lighting. But, given that most of us would prefer to remain in our homes rather than move, it makes sense to change our homes to accommodate these changing needs. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence has ideas to help you create a living space that works well …

A Powerful New Way to Save Money

Posted on 10/29/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesThe bicycle: It’s one of the best inventions of all time, the essential precursor to the automobile that led to modern brakes, gearing and much more. And now it’s reinventing itself, in ways that can help you save money and stay healthy. The latest variety is an electric-assist bicycle, or eBike, and it deserves some consideration. You still have to pedal this bike to make it move, but not as hard. You arrive at your destination without sweating in the …