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Get Started with the AARP Roadmap to Livability

The AARP Roadmap to Livability features six free workbooks with strategies and solutions that make a community great for people of all ages. Order or download the entire collection or choose among the booklets about housing, transportation, community engagement, economic development and more. 

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New and Notable

Survey results about aging in place

AARP Home and Community Preferences Survey

Here's what Americans age 50 or older think about where they live, and where and how they want to live in the future


Free Publications

Creating Parks and Public Places for People of All Ages

Creating Parks and Public Spaces for People of All Ages

Order or download this free step-by-step parks and placemaking guide by AARP, 8 80 Cities and The Trust for Public Land


About Us

Find information and inspiration for local leaders at

About the AARP Livable Communities Initiative

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


Livable Resources


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)

Livability Subjects


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