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Pictures of Age-Friendly Places and Programs

Here's a quick look at what's been happening in some of the cities and towns that belong to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

  • An older woman and two pre-school girls take a break from reading at a library.
    Photo courtesy PSRC

    Princeton, New Jersey

    A partnership of Princeton public schools and the Princeton Senior Resource Center, the GrandPals program enables older adult volunteers and local Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders to spend time together reading and talking.

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  • Two women wading in a swimming pool.
    Photo courtesy Westchester County

    Westchester County, NY

    Before the county's public swimming pools open for the summer, residents age 60 and older get to spend several hours poolside with their peers and, if they choose, their young grandchildren, for a pool party and barbeque.

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  • Pedestrian and bike lane in Portland, Oregon
    Photo courtesy AARP Oregon

    Portland, Oregon

    To get more people walking for their health, AARP Oregon, Oregon Walks and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation host guided neighborhood tours called "NeighborWalks."

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  • Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, Texas
    Photo by Susan Williams, AARP Texas

    Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, Texas

    A large green space that sits atop the highway that passes through downtown Dallas, the 5.2-acre Klyde Warren Park is a gathering place and playground for people of all ages.

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  • Bicyclists in Birmingham, Alabama's Tour de Ham
    Photo by Greg Harber

    Birmingham, Alabama

    "This ride is for everyone," declares Le Tour de Ham, a "slow biking" group that meets for Tuesday evening rides around Birmingham. "No spandex or fancy bike required. We travel 10 miles in a basically flat ride."

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  • Exercise class in L.A.
    Photo courtesy AARP California

    Los Angeles, California

    The "Soul Stepper" program hosted by AARP California encourages healthy living with weekly group walks and free exercise sessions at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall. The gatherings kick off at 6 o'clock — in the morning!

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  • Bicycle rider in bike lanes, Washington, D.C., Age-Friendly Places
    Photo courtesy AARP DC

    Washington, D.C.

    Bike lanes and shares are popping up all over the District. Retired executive Ron Swanda, 69, rides his hybrid bicycle 20 miles a week, including to his volunteer gigs at AARP DC and on the Mayor's Age-Friendly DC Task Force.

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  • A group photo of people conducting a walk audit in Fort Worth, Texas
    Photo courtesy AARP Texas

    Fort Worth, Texas

    In 2014, consultants from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute joined AARP staff, volunteers and Fort Worth community leaders to conduct a walk audit and brainstorm solutions for creating pedestrian-friendlier neighborhoods.

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  • The Cleveland Senior Walkathon
    Photo courtesy City of Cleveland

    Cleveland, Ohio

    Attendees of the annual Cleveland Senior Walk  receive free health screenings, flu shots, lunch and healthy snacks. Participants can walk for one mile or two. Other activities are featured on the Age-Friendly Cleveland Virtual Tour.

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  • A foundation and outdoor seating area in Macon-Bibb, Georgia
    Photo courtesy City of Macon-Bibb

    Macon-Bibb, Georgia

    Among Macon-Bibb's many age-friendly efforts and updates is this shady seating area, located at the corner of Cherry and First streets, so pedestrians in the city's walkable downtown can both cool off and rest their feet.

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  • A senior services event in Denver, Colorado
    Photo courtesy City of Denver

    Denver, Colorado

    The annual Seniors in September event showcases the city services that support older adults in Denver. The gathering is held at the Denver Museum of Art and features resources and workshops.

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  • Fresh Start Community Garden, Newport, Vermont
    Photo courtesy Fresh Start Community Garden

    Newport, Vermont

    Newport is a city of 4,700 in the Northeast Kingdom, a region with high poverty and obesity rates. With fresh produce difficult for many residents to afford, volunteers organized and planted an intergenerational community garden

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  • Outdoor movie in Des Moine, Iowa
    Photo by Doug McBride

    Des Moines, Iowa

    Having places to go is important for people to stay engaged, socialize and not feel isolated. Age-friendly enterainment options in Des Moines include concerts, stage shows and movies at the Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater.

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  • City of Newport Downtown District direction sign to parking, scenic view, recreation path, boardwalk, Gardner Park, welcome center
    Photo provided by AARP Vermont

    Way to Go!

    Wayfinding signage (like that displayed in Newport, Vermont) helps residents and visitors navigate in a community. Learn more about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and see its current member list.

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