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AARP Livable Communities and AARP state offices work with 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.
This page features a one-stop-shop for information about and links to the many free printed and downloadable publications produced by the AARP Livable Communities initiative
Learn how to make a house or apartment safe, comfortable and a great fit — for people of all ages — through this information- and illustration-filled 36 page resource
Find articles, publications and more
Find subject-based lists and links about housing, transportation, placemaking and more
Check out our free, photo-filled guides to Accessory Dwelling Units and how they expand housing options for people of all ages
How and why small towns and remote communities are working to become more livable for older adults and people of all ages
Filled with photos, infographics, ideas, solutions and floor plans, Making Room is a rallying cry for a wider menu of housing options
100+ Inspiring Examples from America's Local Leaders
A report and infographic explain how livable communities are good for people and business
Seeing potential solutions is more effective than simply reading, hearing or talking about them. This "recipe" filled publication is a practical guide to demonstrating and implementing positive change
Two guides for conducting or leading a safety audit of streets and sidewalks
A step-by-step guide by AARP, 8 80 Cities and The Trust for Public Land
6 workbooks with strategies and solutions that make a community great for people of all ages
Field-tested strategies and replicable solutions for big projects and small
Ready to download in various sizes in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Korean
A visual portfolio of tools and transformations
Communities of all sizes can use this framework to become more livable
Two examples from each domain provide information and inspiration
11 award-winning, easy-to-understand, 4-page handouts about street-level livability solutions. (Available in English and Spanish.)
What people age 50+ think about where they live
Use this template (available in English or Spanish) to learn what people think about where they live
Policies about issues including land use, transportation, housing and broadband facilitate aging in place
AARP researchers gather information about housing, transportation, communities and more
Age-Friendly Network Communities
Interviews with Livability Experts
Interviews with Local Leaders
Livable Lessons and How-To's
Placemaking and Public Spaces
Surveys and Statistics
Workshops and Conferences
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