Rightsizing: A Multigenerational Housing Strategy

Importing Age-friendly Innovations Blog Series Empty nesters in the US increasingly talk about “downsizing.” Perhaps a more appropriate frame is “rightsizing,” which the American author Ciji Ware used in her 2007 book—illuminating the need for a change “when your old life just doesn’t fit anymore.” The term is used more widely in other parts of the world, and the distinction is subtle yet significant. The concept of rightsizing provides a more holistic frame for the kind of home that is …

All Hands on Deck: AARP Among a Growing Field of Industry Leaders Tackling Housing Issues

  Within the span of less than 10 days in January, two tech giants made headlines by announcing separate initiatives to tackle a serious problem in America: housing affordability. A $500 million pledge from Microsoft consists of loans for the preservation and creation of low-income and middle-income housing.  The investment also includes funding to address homelessness. Meanwhile, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, is leading a group of companies and organizations in creating two …

Q&A with Nii-Quartelai Quartey, AARP National LGBT Liaison, on Landmark LGBT Survey

Why did AARP do this Survey? In 2016, we conducted a member opinion survey that for the first time asked people about their sexual identity and gender identity. Based on that survey, we estimated that 900,000 of our nearly 38 million members identify as LGBT. This insight has inspired us to learn more about LGBT communities and find out how AARP can help to address the unmet needs of older LGBT adults. Through this study, we discovered that that we …

A Conversation with Julián Castro About Housing, Placemaking, Livability and More

Hosted in Dallas, the 2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference was an opportunity for elected officials, planning professionals, local leaders and community advocates from throughout the nation to share ideas, best practices and solutions for making towns, cities and communities more livable for people of all ages. The following video begins with a teaser about a winning project from the 2017 AARP Community Challenge. The discussion with Julián Castro was moderated by Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement …

Visualizing the Housing Gap – the 2017 LTSS Scorecard

If you look at the 2017 Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard, you may notice that something is different in this third edition– housing and transportation indicators are included for the first time. Affordable and accessible housing and transportation options are key components of a livable community. Having options that people can access, regardless of their age, income, physical ability or other factors brings them closer to the community features and services they need to remain engaged in their …

Disrupting Housing: Younger Generations Leading the Way to Develop a Model for Ageless Homes

Every person, regardless of age, can participate in creating a livable community. According to a newly published report from Generations United and the Eisner Foundation, opportunities that bring different generations together—even the tougher ones involving “tack[ling] critical problems” benefit the entire community. Though somewhat counterintuitive, finding solutions to meet the needs of older adults must involve voices and collaboration coming from people of all ages. Various generations offer different perspectives, and in fact, people of all ages gain value from …