AARP Public Policy Institute

Planning Age-Friendly Cities across the Globe

Many communities do not support the changing needs of residents across longer lifespans. Community planners around the world must shift their approach to address the changing demographics in their community. This paper discusses ways to enlighten current community planning departments.

Growing Older in Cities: Addressing the Twin Challenges of Ageing and Urbanization

Two trends are certain: populations around the world are ageing rapidly and we are experiencing the largest wave of urban growth in history. Health is central to our experience of older age. The quest for best health will be won or lost in our cities. Cities and communities directly affect health, through barriers or incentives that affect opportunities, decisions and behaviour.

Elder Cohousing A new option for retirement - or sooner!

Across the US, senior cohousing is turning into an increasingly popular option for baby boomers and older adults. This article examines the phenomenon.

Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices

This US research builds upon earlier work to offer state legislators and officials concrete examples of state laws, policies and programs that foster aging in place.

The Village: A Growing Option for Aging in Place – 2010

The Village offers an option for meeting the needs of the growing older population by making it possible for people to stay in their communities and “age in place.” Neighborhood residents create villages to help coordinate and deliver services and supports within their communities. This consumer-driven and person-centered approach can help delay or even prevent the need for institutional care.

Strategies to Meet the Housing Needs of Older Adults

Many adults, as they age and their abilities change, find that shortcomings in their homes and communities can limit where they are able to live. Some of these limitations are related to features of the housing stock itself, while others are rooted in community characteristics that do not accommodate an aging population.

The New Housemates

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that about 500,000 women, or a little more than 1% of women 50 and older, currently live with a nonromantic housemate. Experts predict that this will be the norm instead of the exception.

Developing Appropriate Housing for Low-Income Older Persons: A Survey of Section 202 and LIHTC Property Managers

The rental housing crisis in America is having a profound impact on renters of all ages, including older residents. The federal government has responded over the years with a variety of housing strategies to help alleviate the problem.
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