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How to Create a Livable Community

AARP Livable Communities works with AARP state offices and local leaders and residents to help ensure that towns, cities and communities nationwide are livable for people of all ages. Toward achieving that goal, we create and manage programs, tool kits, how-to guides and a collection of easy-to-use and understand printed and online materials.

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Front and back covers of the 2018 edition of Where We Live

Where We Live

The third title in the 'Where We Live' series features more than 200 articles and photographs of inspiring programs, people and places throughout the United States. Get your copy today!

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

Roadmap to Livability

Books 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are ready. One more is in the works for our collection of workbooks full of strategies and solutions that make a community great for people of all ages

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Find subject-based lists and links about housing, transportation, placemaking and more

Covers of the AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit and Leader Guide

Walk Audit Kits

Two guides for conducting or leading a safety audit of streets and sidewalks

The In a Livable Communities poster is available in five languages

The Poster

Ready to download in various sizes in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Korean

The AARP Livability Fact Sheets are available in English and Spanish

Fact Sheets

11 easy-to-understand, subject-based, award-winning livability resources

Logo for the AARP Livable Communities Pop-Up Demonstration Tool Kit

Pop-Up Tool Kit

When done right, temporary livability projects can lead to permanent change

A word cloud about livable communities

Livable Lingo

Here’s a glossary to help you talk the talk.

Logo from the AARP HomeFit Guide

The AARP HomeFit Guide and Worksheets

Learn how to make a home safe, comfortable and a great fit (in English or Spanish)

Road Closed, Signs, Man On Bike, Fallen Telephone Pole Across Street, Damage, Disaster Recovery Toolkit, Livable Communities

AARP Disaster Recovery Tool Kit

The calm after the storm can lead to greater livability for people of all ages

Chart showing the 8 Domains of Livability

The 8 Domains of Livability: An Introduction

Communities of all sizes can use this framework to become more livable

Cover of the Age-Friendly Report Inspiring Communities

The 8 Domains of Livability: 16 Case Studies

Two examples from each domain provide information and inspiration

Cover of the Imagining Livability Design Collection

The Imagining Livability Design Collection

A visual portfolio of tools and transformations

Leah Shahum, Vision Zero, Woman Smiles Mural, AARP Livable Communities Getting Around

5 Questions for ... Interview Series

Q&As with policy makers, planners, experts (such as Vision Zero pro Leah Shahum) and more

Joe Riley, Mayor Chareston, S.C., AARP Livable Communities, Mayors and Managers

5 Questions for ... Mayors and Managers

Creating livable communities is a local effort for mayors, municipal managers and executives

Booted Legs on Bench, Adult and Child, AARP Liveable Communities, Livability in Action Slideshows

Livability in Action Slideshows

See the kinds of features and services that make a home and community livable for people of all ages

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Bangor Police Department Sgt. Tim Cotton pose with the Duck of Justice

Livable Lessons and Promising Practices

Field-tested livability how-to's, strategies and replicable solutions for big projects and small

Illustration showing two small houses and an apartment building

Preferences Survey

According to this AARP survey, older adults want to age in place — with as little help as possible

Infographic with information about why livable communities are good for people and business

The Livability Economy

A report and infographic explain how livable communities are good for people and business

The AARP Community Survey template is available in English and Spanish

The Community Survey

Use this template (available in English or Spanish) to learn what people think about where they live

Women Ride Bicycles, City Environment, Sunny Outdoors, AARP Livable Communities Tool Kits Resources

AARP Public Policy Institute

Policies about issues including land use, transportation, housing and broadband facilitate aging in place

Model house, AARP Research, Livable Communities

AARP Livable Research

AARP researchers gather information about housing, transportation, communities and more. Read the results