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Livable Communities and Successful Aging

AARP Offers Check List to Grade Your Hometown


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How livable is your community or the one you are thinking about moving to in retirement? Does it provide a physical and social environment that will work for your lifestyle as you age?

AARP has developed a 10-point community self-assessment check-list that can be used as a report card and guide to evaluate and assess the livability of a community. The guide is available as an interactive quiz on the AARP website ( Users can assign grades from A (excellent) to F (failure) to a list of characteristics that help define a livable community, and access website links that provide additional information on ways to improve their communities.

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“A livable community is one that has affordable and appropriate housing, supportive community features and services, and adequate mobility and transportation options,” said Elinor Ginzler, AARP Director of Livable Communities. “Together these features encourage and foster personal independence and the engagement of residents of all ages in the civic and social life of their community.”

AARP today also released a new report Beyond 50.05 – Livable Communities: Creating Environments for Successful Aging which, for the first time links the qualities of livable communities with Americans’ ability to age successfully. Another document, Livable Communities: An Evaluation Guide, is designed to help community organizations and activists identify qualities and services in their towns that can be enhanced to promote livability.

Livable communities promote and maintain independence and quality of life for all residents as they age. They include: dependable public transportation; safe, well-designed sidewalks; roads designed for safe driving; transportation options; security and safety; affordable housing options, and home design that allows for maximum activities of daily living if mobility is limited, well-run community centers, recreation centers, parks and other places where older people can socialize, and ample opportunities to become a volunteer.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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