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Livability Work Isn't Just for Cities

Join us for this free webcast featuring rural livability experts and discussions about creating intergenerational communities; strengthening housing and transportation options; enhancing community infrastructure (including broadband and economic development) and preparing for extreme weather and disasters. Active participation by online attendees will be encouraged! Register for this free, online event »

AARP Rural Livability Workshop
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NEW! Experience Matters

Working with AARP and the nonprofit organization Cities of Service, several cities are developing initiatives that involve older adults in efforts to solve problems and improve communities.
Learn about the positions that need to be filled »


Find information and inspiration for local leaders at

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


Green Letts Community Tool Library

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

Most communities have a library filled with books. What if more places had a library filled with power drills, saws and socket wrench sets?`


Accessory Dwelling Units

Learn 'The ABCs of ADUs'

Get our free, photo-filled guide to accessory dwelling units and how they expand housing options for people of all ages


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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