Transportation Challenges: Is Your Community Livable?

Dennis Eisnach – AARP National Policy Council volunteer What do you do when you live in rural America and need a ride to the doctor’s office or have to pick up a prescription at the drugstore? Transportation is a basic need for seniors who want to age in place. This is a problem faced by seniors in rural America and many urban areas. As people age they become more dependent on public transportation. In rural America where there is limited …

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: …

Pedestrian Fatalities Map: Check Out a Corner Near You

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Three years ago the “Dangerous by Design” report noted that between the years 2000 and 2009 the number of vehicle-caused pedestrian deaths was equivalent to “a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.” Subscribe today! AARP Livable Communities Newsletter Streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles are “dangerous by design,” explains the National Complete Streets Coalition, the Smart Growth America program behind the report (of …

Is Your Community Retirement Ready?

When you purchased your home, I bet you believed you would live there forever.  Wanting to remain in your home throughout your life is a very common desire.  Whenever AARP asks our members in surveys whether they wish to remain in their homes as they age, the response is overwhelmingly yes, with nearly 90% of all respondents responding so. The good news is that many communities are working with residents, community partners, civics, chambers of commerce, and AARP to encourage …

Is Your City Saving – or Costing – You Time?

Check out this really interesting article on CNN.com (they got it from RealSimple.com) which gives us a look at the 21 top time-saving cities in America! The “urban efficiency” rankings takes into consideration all those little things that can ease the chaos of daily life, like timed traffic signals, ease of access to doctors – even easy recycling access. Giving cities points in five categories – Getting Around, Health and Safety, Information and Technology, Green Time-Saver and Lifestyle – Real …

News To Know: Public Transportation Moves Ahead

The recent influx of stimulus money to the department of transportation has a positive effect on public transportation and urban centers.