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Make Room for Making Room

Filled with infographics, ideas, solutions, photographs and floor plans, Making Room: Housing for a Changing America is a rallying cry for a wider menu of housing options. Learn how to get a free copy of this new, 84-page publication from AARP and the National Building Museum. »

Making Room: Housing for a Changing America
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1950s Family

Slideshow: Housing a Changing America

The popular vision of the American household is inaccurate and outdated.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


Covers of the six-part AARP Roadmap to Livability Collection with all six books checked off as having been published

Take a Road Trip

Order or download the complete AARP Roadmap to Livability collection or choose from booklets about housing, transportation, community engagement, economic development and more


Find information and inspiration for local leaders at

About Us

Learn what a livable community is, and how and why AARP is working with local leaders nationwide to make more places 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.


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


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


Bethel Better Block Logo, AARP Livable Communities, Tool Kits and How To's, Pop-up

Main Street Gets a Makeover

See before and after photos of how a weekend demonstration project made Bethel, Vermont, pop!


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)


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


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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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