AARP Community Challenge 2017: New Orleans, Louisiana

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Helping older adults get and stay fit The construction of a footbridge and walking path connected a community FitLot to the Lafitte Greenway, an active rails-to-trails pedestrian path. In addition, the grant funded a free, 9-week fitness program for older adults taught by trainers including Natoya Wayne. “Every time I’m here they are very happy and motivated,” Wayne said. “They interact …

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Wichita, Kansas

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Create a walking tour through history The Wichita Public Library and Bike Walk Wichita joined forces to launch three walking tours that are accessed through a smartphone app. It’s all about inspiring curiosity in people about their hometown. According to Jeff Flor of the Downtown Development Corporation, Wichita has a lot of stories to tell — be they about the drugstore sit-in during …

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Macon, Georgia

The  AARP Community Challenge  funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Install outdoor game board tables for playing chess, checkers and more Recognizing that years ago — before 24/7 television, air-conditioning and smartphones — sitting outside and talking over a game of chess or checkers was a popular pastime, South Macon Arts Revitalization Technology (SMART) used funds from a 2017 AARP Community Challenge grant to purchase outdoor checkerboard tables and two oversized Connect …

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 …

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Lexington, Kentucky

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Install ADA-accessible benches and raised bed-planters “Today’s grand opening is one that’s going to serve Lexington for decades to come,” said Scott Wegenast, associate state director of AARP Kentucky, during an unveiling ceremony in Idle Hour Park, which is located next to the city’s senior center. The placement of the seating makes the benches especially user-friendly since people can …

AARP Community Challenge 2017: Kuna, Idaho

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Rethink an empty parking lot Kuna, a town in Western Idaho, is home to many things: a fast-growing population, a direct route to Boise and a large parking lot in the center of its downtown that goes largely underutilized for the majority of the year. To spark the community’s imagination, the city and Idaho Smart Growth hosted the Park for …