AARP surveys consistently find that the vast majority of older adults want to remain in their homes and community-at-large rather than move to a retirement village or similar environment. This archive contains resources about making communities work well for older adults.
The information listed below is presented in reverse chronological order by the source material's publication or release date and includes reports, case studies, tool kits and more.
If you have suggestions for resources to add to this collection, let us know by emailing aarp.org/livable.
See our other Livable Communities archives
- Age-Friendly NYC
- Community Innovations for Aging in Place Initiative (CIAIP)
- International Making Cities Livable (IMCL)
- National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
- Partnership for Sustainable Communities
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- Aging Well in Communities: A Tool Kit for Planning Engagement and Action, Center for Civic Partnerships
- Aging in Place, Stuck Without Options: Fixing the mobility crisis facing the Baby Boom generation, Transportation for America
- Aging in Place: Evolution of a Research Topic Whose Time Has Come (PDF), Sarinnapha Vasunilashorn
- Optimal Living Action Briefs, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Health Aging Research Network
- The Maturing of America: Communities Moving Forward for an Aging Population, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
- Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices, National Conference of State Legislatures and AARP Public Policy Institute
- State Policy Options to Support Sustainable and Equitable Development, Center for Housing Policy
- Optimal Living Environments for Healthy Aging: The Vision, RL Mace Universal Design Institute
- A Village Approach for Aging in Place, 50+ Builder
- Expanding Implementation of Universal Design and Visitability in the Housing Stock, AARP
- The Village: A Growing Option for Aging in Place, AARP
- Creating Communities for a Lifetime: Minnesota Success Stories, by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging
- A Great City for Older Adults: An AARP Survey on the Strengths and Challenges of Growing Old in Burlington, AARP
- Developing a Livable Tampa Bay Region for All Ages, Partners for Livable Communities
- There’s No Place Like Home: For Growing Old, National Institute on Aging
- Aging in Place: A Toolkit for Local Governments, Atlanta Regional Commission