Making a Home in the City: The Age-Friendly Community Movement

A recent Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR, Volume 25 Issue 1 Winter 2015) explicitly addresses the issue of aging-friendly communities. The issue “Making a Home in the City: The Age-Friendly Community Movement” includes seven articles illustrating that developing cities meeting the interests of all generations should be an important goal for economic and social […]

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Aging-Friendly is Good for Everyone

Last fall Washington Post author Emily Badger lamented in her title: “America is rapidly aging in a country built for the young” and this fall the same cry was heard from PBS Next Avenue author, Richard Eisenberg, when he wrote: Why Are There So Few Age-Friendly Cities? The first article is primarily focuses on the […]

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Is this a good place to live?

The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) is planning a set of livability reports and is developing an AARP-sponsored index to measure community livability across the United States. Lessons learned from that project have initially inspired the creation of two companion reports, “What Is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults” and “Is This a Good Place […]

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Portland, OR: Inter-generational Housing

In 2011, Bridge Meadows, a community for families who have adopted foster children in Portland, OR, was created.  It is an “intentional inter-generational community” that provides reduced rent for older adults in exchange for volunteering time with adoptive families.  Old and young mix for inter-generational community activities and the “elders” provide babysitting, reading time, music […]

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Structural Barriers to Developing ‘Aging-Friendly’ Communities

A 2007 issue of the Public Policy & Aging Report (vol. 17, pgs. 15-20) included an article by Chun Lehning and Andrew Scharlach, “Structural Barriers to Developing‘Aging-Friendly’ Communities.” The article describes two structural barriers to developing ‘aging-friendly’ communities. The first type involves policies that have evolved over the past century, resulting in structural barriers to […]

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Livable Communities: An Evaluation Guide

In 2005, the Herberger Center for Design Excellence at Arizona State University prepared a Livable Communities Evaluation Guide for the AARP Public Policy Institute.  The purpose of the Evaluation Guide is to encourage people to take a new look at the communities and neighborhoods in which we live, and to evaluate them from the perspective […]

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Housing for Older Adults

Older adults face an array of housing challenges. Many live in homes that lack accessibility features, are unaffordable or energy inefficient, or are located far from important destinations and amenities. Others need various kinds of assistance to maintain their independence and autonomy but cannot afford the supportive services that would allow them to age successfully […]

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