Tragic Subway Death Highlights Need for Accessible Public Transportation

While navigating a Manhattan subway station with her 1-year-old daughter recently, 22 year-old Malaysia Goodson fell down a flight of stairs. Tragically, the fall was no everyday spill; she ended up dying. Goodson’s death has been met with public outrage over the circumstances that led to this tragedy. Why did this happen, and how might we prevent it in the future? Though Ms. Goodson’s cause of death is still unknown, the tragic incident has shined a light on the accessibility shortcomings facing New York City’s transit system. It also has shined a light on the need for accessible …

Q&A With Bryan Barnett, Mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan

From the 2018 AARP National Livable Communities Conference Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, and Bryan K. Barnett, mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan, and vice president of the United States Conference of Mayors, discuss several of the key issues being faced by city leaders and how local governments and residents are working together on solutions. Recorded on November 14, 2018 Related Content: Engaging the Community on the Future of Mobility Stay informed! Subscribe to the free, weekly AARP …

Mayors Discuss How to Engage Older Residents

At the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting on January 24, a panel of mayors discussed the important role that voters age 50 or older play in local elections and how communities can best engage older adults. Nancy LeaMond, AARP chief advocacy and engagement officer, joined mayors Bryan Barnett (Rochester Hills, Michigan), Steve Benjamin (Columbia, South Carolina), Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, Indiana) and Marty Walsh (Boston, Massachusetts). Watch the video and then learn what older voters have to say  about the issues that …

Bringing the Convenience of Expedia to Paratransit

During the recent Thanksgiving holiday, a record 30 million-plus Americans traveled by air, and millions more will take to the skies before the clock strikes 2019. Notably, less than 10 percent of those travelers used a traditional travel agent to book their flights. Consumer travel planning has undergone a technological revolution. Today, the vast majority of travelers enjoy the convenience of online tools like Expedia or flight aggregators and metasearch engines, such as Google Flights, to explore flight options across …

Moving forward: Mobility Options are Key Element of Livable Communities

Think for a moment about everything you do in a typical week . . . going to work or school or volunteering, visiting friends and family, getting to a doctor’s appointment or the grocery store, grabbing a bite to eat, catching a movie . . . and you’ll understand why safe, affordable transportation options are a key component of what we at AARP call “livable communities” – great places to live for people of all ages. Day-to-day mobility is critical …

AARP Community Challenge: Quick Action, Big Results

The first-ever AARP Community Challenge resulted in a highly competitive process to select 88 grantees committed to improving the quality of life for people of all ages. The winners implemented “quick action” programs, projects and changes in their communities. For a complete list of winners, visit the AARP Community Challenge home page. Visit AARP.org/Livable to learn more about the AARP Livable Communities initiative.