aging in place

Skyline view of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota has put a number of foundational strategies in place to meet the needs of older adults while managing the growth in our programs
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Well-designed, transit-rich neighborhoods provide many benefits to residents of all ages, as I document in, “ Independence Found in Downsizing to a Transit Rich Neighborhood.” These neighborhoods also provide dividends to the larger community, generating higher property values, rents, and revenue than real estate located further away from high quality public transportation services. Cities as diverse as Seattle, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Detroit, and Washington, DC have all strengthened their regional economies through investment in transit-oriented development (TOD).  And because their residents walk and bike more, TOD residents reap some health benefits as well.
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Most of us take our mobility for granted. We grab our keys and head out to work, buy groceries, and shuttle our kids to movies and soccer practice—all without a second thought. But for the one-third of Americans who don’t drive and many others who lack access to a working vehicle, transportation options don’t come easy—especially in rural America, where transportation has long been a seemingly intractable problem.
Logo for the HIVE (housing innovation, vision and economics conference)
"Who here," asks architect Sarah Susanka, addressing a packed ballroom of housing industry professionals at the 2016 HIVE (housing innovation, vision and economics) Conference in Los Angeles, "is looking forward to retiring?" Several arms shoot into the air.
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On Monday, we — as a nation — celebrated the 240 th Anniversary of Independence Day. Many of us turned on our grills, took in a parade, watched fireworks or spent the day with family and friends. Where and how we celebrated is in many ways emblematic of our freedom to choose our own path.
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You like where you live. Your community is the perfect fit, you say.
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The AARP HomeFit Guide is filled with information about how home modifications — from small tweaks to full-fledged renovations — can make a home safer and more livable for older adults and people of all ages.
Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age
En español | With the help and support of my friends, family and colleagues, and with the inspired contributions of my coworker Boe Workman, I’m counting the days to publication of Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age.
Man riding bicycle in his community
Too many of us are outgrowing our homes and communities. They’re not becoming too small, like children’s clothes, but they just don’t fit us very well as we get older.
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This is the final post in an AARP Livable Communities blog diary about a home remodeling project that is stylishly updating a Florida house (referred to here as the “Cate house”) while making it better suited for aging in place. To see photos of the entire project, follow the slideshow link at the end of this post.
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