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Focusing on Rural Livability 

Residents and representatives of rural areas and small towns discuss what livability looks like — and what it means — for older adults and people of all ages in America's nonurban communities. Read » 

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See the Challenge

More than 200 communities have benefitted from AARP Community Challenge grants since the program began two years ago. Scroll through a slideshow featuring more than a dozen grantee projects


Self-Driving Car

Boston Puts Driverless Cars Through an Age-Friendly Road Test

Older adults and people with disabilities are among the passengers trying out the futuristic rides


Making Room: Housing for a Changing America

Make Room for 'Making Room'

Featuring infographics, solutions, floor plans and photographs from the National Building Museum, this free, 84-page publication is a rallying cry for a wider menu of housing options


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About Us

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


Covers of the AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit and Leader Guide

AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit (and Leader Guide)

Use this survey kit to observe and document the safety and safety risks of the streets in your community.


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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


Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III, rapper Snoop Dogg and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Q&A with Mayors Melvin Carter and Jacob Frey

The Twin Cities’ leaders (pictured with Snoop Dog) on making their communities livable for people of all ages


1950s Family

Housing a Changing America

The popular vision of the American household is inaccurate and outdated.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


The In a Livable Communities poster is available in five languages

In a Livable Community ...

Download our poster about the features of a livable community (available in five languages)


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See a Sample Complete Street

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


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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


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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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