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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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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


Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana, presents the National League of Cities' Love My City initiative

Why Love is a Key to a Prosperous City

Karen Freeman-Wilson, the mayor of Gary, Indiana, and president of the National League of Cities, is encouraging local leaders to "engender love between residents and the communities where they live"


1950s Family

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


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


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


Green Letts Community Tool Library

Need a Trowel? Don't Want to Buy One?

Portland, Oregon, has lending libraries filled with power drills, saws, socket wrenches and all sorts of trowels


AARP Helps Build a Better Block

. . . in Des Moines, Iowa


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


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


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.)


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


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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