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

Nations Roads

Too Many Lives Cut Short on Our Nation's Roads

Younger and older pedestrians are most                                              vulnerable.

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

AARP and Citizens for Modern Transit Solutions Forum

Jana Lynott will deliver a keynote address at the AARP and Citizens for Modern Transit solutions forum entitled, “Livability Matters: Transportation Choice and Connections.” She will highlight local findings from the Livability Index and moderate a local response panel on complete Streets.

Where: St. Louis, MO

When: February 4, 2016

AARP Presenter: Jana Lynott, AICP

AARP Livability Index: Measuring Healthy Neighborhoods for All Ages

Where: Washington, DC

When: February 27, 2016

AARP Presenter: Jana Lynott, AICP


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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