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Stephanie K. Firestone is a senior strategic policy advisor with AARP International. As an urban planner, Stephanie leads efforts to make the physical environment a tool for disease prevention and the promotion of wellness.
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)
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…
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.
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.
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…