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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

Washington State's Intercity Bus Program

Reconnecting small-town America

Measuring Livability

What is a livable community, and how do we measure one?

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

PPI has several upcoming events and conferences that will be highlighting the recently released Livability Index.

Healthy Aging Congressional Briefing


Where: Cannon House Office Bldg., Room 122, Washington, DC

When: June 16, 2015, 12:30 PM

AARP Presenter: Jana Lynott

Topic: The AARP Livability Index: A Tool for Health Neighborhoods for All Ages


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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