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by Nicholas Farber, Douglas Shinkle - National Conference of State Legislatures, Jana Lynott, Wendy Fox-Grage, Rodney Harrell, Public Policy Institute, December, 2011
Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices (Research Report - PDF, 84 Pages)
Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices (In-Brief - PDF, 2 Pages)
AARP Solutions Forum: Aging in Place, Policies and Practices that Work (Webcast)
The vast majority of older adults want to age in place, so they can continue to live in their own homes or communities. As the older population grows, the degree to which it can participate in community life will be determined, in part, by how communities are designed.
This report examines state policies that are needed to help older adults age in place. These policies include integrating land use, housing and transportation; efficiently delivering services in the home; providing more transportation choices, particularly for older adults who no longer drive; and improving affordable, accessible housing to prevent social isolation.
The major findings that enable aging in place include the following:
Land Use: Certain land use policies can help older adults live closer to or within walking distance of the services they need.
Transportation: Increased mobility options can reduce reliance on transportation by personal car.
Housing: Affordable, accessible housing can decrease institutionalization and meet consumer demand.
The report also includes promising state practices in each of these areas.
For more information, please contact the AARP Public Policy Institute at (202) 434-3890.
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