Livable CommunitiesAARP Public Policy Institute

AARP seeks to improve older adults’ quality of life by promoting the development of safe, accessible and vibrant environments often called livable communities. Livable communities policies address issues such as land use, housing, transportation and broadband — all of which facilitate aging in place.


Featured Resources

Livable Communities

The Livability Index

The Livability Index scores communities across the U.S. for the features, services and amenities that impact your life the most.

Livable Communities

Specialized Transportation

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new funding opportunities for specialized transportation services.


Livable Communities

The availability, affordability and variety of housing options is inextricably connected to the overall quality of life in a community.


Livable Communities

Older adults need transportation to the places and services that support their independence. Policies that encourage adequate, safe and accessible transportation infrastructure and services help people of all ages stay active and engaged in their communities.

Team Blogs

Redefining Home to Address the Future of Housing


In 1961, AARP’s Founder, Dr. Ethel Andrus, presented President Eisenhower with “Freedom House.” The scale model of a uniquely designed home contained what we would now call “universal design features” that allow someone to stay in their homes as they age.



Communities see rising Livability Index scores with policy adoption


Communities across the country are taking steps to become more livable, and AARP is tracking their progress

Telecom and Energy

Telecommunications, Energy and Other Utility Services

People of all ages need and deserve to have affordable, reliable and high-quality telecommunications and energy service where they live and work. It is essential to health, economic welfare and overall quality of life.

Events and Conferences

Keynote address at the 2017 Active Living Research Conference

Where: Clearwater Beach, FL

When: February 27, 2017

AARP Presenter: Jana Lynott, AICP


2016 Community Indicators Consortium

Jana Lynott will present Measuring Community Livability for All Ages

Where: Washington, DC

When: September 26-27, 2016

AARP Presenter: Jana Lynott, AICP


AARP Livable Communities Conference

Where: Chicago

When: October 18-19, 2016

AARP Presenters: Jana Lynott AICP, Shannon Guzman and Rodney Harrell, PhD




Livable Communities

Much of the work of the Public Policy Institute’s Livable Communities team is crosscutting in nature, covering the topics of land use, transportation and housing under a single title. It also includes emerging work on the linkage between health and community environments.

PPI Staff Radio Interviews


  • Radio station KSKQ interviews PPI’s Jana Lynott, Bandana Shresthra, Community Outreach Director for the Oregon State Office and Don Bruland, active AARP volunteer for its Age of Adventure series where they talk about creating livable communities, the AARP Livability Index and Oregon’s new Lifelong Housing Certification program . The program begins at about minute mark 1 after advertising and music.


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