Active Transportation

Active 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 …

Getting From Point A to Point B ­for Free!

Cost can sometimes be a deterrent for many seeking to ride the bus or train. Luckily, various communities around the country have an easy solution to this problem via free bus systems. These cost-free transportation systems are an excellent resource for residents of all ages. However, they introduce a unique opportunity for boomers looking for a simple way to get around, especially in cases when biking or walking isn’t an option. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter In …

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

In 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 …

Walking Shapes Our Bodies and Our Lives

Our built and natural environments play a vital role in our physical, social, psychological, spiritual and emotional health. So, it’s important to find a neighborhood that’s well designed, connected, and to protect the green space that runs through it. Walkability lies at the heart of this picture. It builds social ties and cohesion; it strengthens our legs, lungs, hearts and minds, which in turn helps prevent or fight heart disease, diabetes, dementia and other serious health problems. As walking becomes …

Is Your Community Walkable?

Post by Nancy LeaMond: When we see the yellow school bus making its rounds and picking up kids, we know it’s time to turn around and head home. So go the early morning walks with one of my friends from the neighborhood. We’ve been meeting at the corner of a nearby school for years. We talk about health, careers, family, local arts and theater, good TV, bad TV. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter Walking is a …

Adapt Your Home to Your Future Needs … Now!

Many homebuilders build houses for the young, with little thought to how our needs change when the kids grow up and move out to start their own families. When that time comes, you might find yourself thinking, now what? Your house, after all, is so much more than a place to sleep; it’s rooted in a community. So, before you consider leaving the place you’ve called home for years and your friends, neighbors, and fellow church members, think about how …