PPI regularly sponsors public Solutions Forums to highlight options for addressing public issues of significant concern to AARP and its members.
At this forum on December 8, 2011, AARP and The National Conference of State Legislatures jointly released the new report:"Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices", published jointly by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
Discussion at the forum focused on state land use, transportation and housing policies that help older adults remain in their homes and communities as they age. Speakers provided a behind the scenes look at how states across the country are breaking down the barriers to building livable communities. This includes successful efforts to integrate land use, housing and transportation policy; design complete streets; and provide services and supports at home.
Speakers and panelists:
- Doug Shinkle, of the National Conference of State Legislatures provided insight on key findings from “Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices.”
- Jana Lynott, of AARP’s Public Policy Institute, provided an overview of AARP’s livable communities efforts and highlight key initiatives from around the country.
- Dr. Rodney Harrell, of AARP’s Public Policy Institute moderated a panel discussion focusing on state land use, transportation and housing policies that support aging in place.
- Minnesota State Senator Scott Dibble discussed integration of transportation and land-use planning and funding decisions to impact equity and environmental outcomes.
- Utah State Representative Bradley Last explained how state legislation has facilitated transit-oriented development and the ways in which the public and private sectors can help older Americans live independently in their homes and communities.
- Kathryn Lawler, of the Atlanta Regional Commission, highlighted the nationally recognized Lifelong Communities initiative and offered suggestions for how state legislatures can support similar local and regional initiatives.
- Don Chartock, Washington DOT’s Rural & Coordinated Transportation Administrator showcased his state’s model intercity bus transportation and rural transit-oriented development programs, made possible through partnerships with the private sector.
AARP Public Policy Institute Solutions Forums are designed to create higher visibility on policy issues for AARP among experts from think tanks, academia and other stakeholders, as well as Administration officials and Congressional staff.
The forums are part of PPI core work to inform and influence the policy debate.