The number of adults age 65 and older in the United States is growing at a rapid pace. Today, many communities are not yet prepared to address their numerous needs. As the population increases, older adults and their families will need quality, affordable, and accessible housing, access to health care services at home and in the community, to live in neighborhoods near reliable transportation services and facilities like public buses and bike trails and find healthy food options as well as other important amenities.
These features make communities more livable for people of all ages, including keeping older adults engaged and active in community life. This publication outlines several challenges that hinder livability but also includes corresponding policies that communities can adopt to support a person’s choice to age in place.