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Download or Order The ABCs of ADUs

Accessory Dwelling Units — commonly known as backyard bungalows, garage apartments and so-called granny flats — are small homes that exist on the same property lot as a single-family residence. Take a tour through our free, photo-filled 20-page guide to accessory dwelling units and how they expand housing options for people of all ages. Learn More »

Accessory Dwelling Units

Each of the pictured homes has or is an accessory dwelling unit.

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AARP Livable Communities 2019 Livability Workshop

Wednesday, June 19, and Thursday, June 20

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ABOUT US

Great Places for All Ages

Learn what a livable community is, and how and why AARP is working with local leaders nationwide to make communities more livable for people of all ages

FREE GUIDES AND PUBLICATIONS

Make Room for 'Making Room'

Created with the National Building Museum, this free, 84-page publication is a rallying cry for a wider menu of housing options

SEE LIVABILITY IN ACTION

AARP Builds a Better Block

See how AARP Iowa and Team Better Block transformed a stretch of Des Moines' East Village

INTERESTING IDEAS

FlexTrafik passengers are checked in before boarding a hospital-bound bus

Mobility As a Service Has 'MaaS' Appeal

A Danish company has an effective (and possibly replicable) transportation solution for America's non-drivers

INTERVIEWS

Emily Shea (far right) and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh (far left) at a 15th anniversary event

Helping Bostonians ‘Age Strong’

The city no longer has a commission on the 'Affairs of the Elderly.' That’s a good thing. A city official explains why

LIVABLE LESSONS

Two women volunteer as City Hall greeters in Medford, Massachusetts

How to Volunteer for a Tax Break

Medford, Massachusetts, lets its older residents lower their property taxes in exchange for helping out at City Hall

SLIDESHOWS

1950s Family

Housing a Changing America

The popular vision of the American household is inaccurate and outdated. Shifts in demographics and lifestyle are redefining how we live

GETTING AROUND

An example of a Complete Street

See a Sample Complete Street

Follow the numbers to make a roadway safer for all users of all ages

HOUSING

Front Door And Front Of House showing the Lawn in Oregon

Take a Tour of a 'Lifelong' Home

An Oregon couple custom creates an age-friendly house. Plus: A real estate program worth replicating

PLACES AND SPACES

Lighted Columns, Plaza, Nighttime, People, Pop Up Plaza, Livable Communities

Pop Goes a Plaza

Learn how a demonstration project in a New Jersey downtown transformed a sorry space into a destination. (Then follow the links to see other projects.)

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

10 Tips To Help Businesses Engage With Kupuna

Helping Retailers be Age-Friendly

From AARP Hawaii, advice for how businesses can better serve older adults

LIVABLE POLICY

US map with images of people in the background

Livability Index

This interactive, online tool scores communities across the U.S. for the features, services and amenities that make for great places to live

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