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Stephanie Firestone

Stephanie K. Firestone is a senior strategic policy advisor with AARP International. As an urban planner, Stephanie leads efforts aimed at incorporating aging considerations as a normative part of local planning practice—both nationally and internationally.
Lessons from Japan Blog- S Firestone
Japan is currently the fastest-aging society on earth. Here's how one community responded to housing needs when 40 percent of its residents are 65 years of age or older.
Kampung Admiralty, Singapore
Multigenerational living is on the rise in the U.S. and this trend offers many benefits, such as cost savings on living expenses and reducing isolation
Dreaming of a house?
Rightsizing is a holistic term used to describe changing one’s home to suit a particular individual or family at a particular point in time, and it can include downsizing, multigenerational living, and adding an accessory dwelling unit (ADU)
2018 LCA Summit room pic
One of the most exciting developments in the livable communities movement is the increasing collaboration between aging professionals and planners—professionals who shape the form and function of future communities. Some incredible progress was made on this front at the 2018 Livable Communities for All Ages (LCA) Summit in San Francisco March 29.
AgeFriendlySummit
The thousands of community planners who will come together this May at the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference are increasingly aware of a demographic trend: Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over age 65 by 2030.
kind support for senior woman
In 2016, an estimated 5.4 million Americans had Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. And while people of all ages can have dementia, 8.8 percent of adults age 65 and over have the disease.
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The aging-in-community of a rapidly aging population demands a fundamental shift in planning in order to minimize the economic, social and health challenges that will otherwise overwhelm communities. Nearly 90 percent of Americans 65 and older tell us that they want to age in their homes or communities. And two-thirds of the 85-plus population — the fastest-growing demographic in the U.S. — has at least one disability. We must create communities that are livable across the life span and spectrum of abilities.
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