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Solutions Forum: Are Communities Becoming More Livable?

The 2018 Livability Index: Great Neighborhoods for All Ages

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The population of older adults ages 65 and older is expected to reach over 20 percent of the population by 2030 and exceed the population of children ages 18 and younger by 2035. AARP research indicates that people want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. These demographic changes and stated community preferences present an opportunity for decision makers to take action now to meet the needs of older adults and their families.

The Livability Index is a tool that measures the aspects of community life that best support people at any life stage. The Index can help community leaders identify where their strengths are and where gaps exist to create strategies that improve the quality of life for all community members as they age.

AARP’s Public Policy Institute presents findings from analysis of new data incorporated into an updated version of the Livability Index and showcases the features and functions of the tool. This event also includes a panel of speakers who discuss their efforts to improve livability in their communities. 



Opening Remarks

Rodney Harrell, Director, Livability Thought Leadership, AARP Public Policy Institute


Welcome and Introductions

Jean Accius, VP, Livable Communities and Long-Term Services and Supports, AARP Public Policy Institute


Overview of the Livability Index as a Resource for Communities

Rodney Harrell               


Livability Index 2018 Demo and Highlights

Moderator: Rodney Harrell

Shannon Guzman, Policy Research Senior Analyst, AARP Public Policy Institute

Jana Lynott, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute

Brad Gudzinas, Senior Methods Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institutee


Panel with Leaders Making their Communities More Livable

Moderators: Rodney Harrell and Jana Lynott


Graciana "Graci" Garces

Director of Community Engagement

BakerRipley Community Developers

Houston, TX


Dr. Jeffrey Su

Executive Director

Mile High Connects

Denver, CO


Closing Remarks

Jean Accius

Long-Term Services & Supports State Scorecard

A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers


Aging Demographics

One in Three Americans is Now 50 or Older

By 2030, one out of every five people in the United State will be 65-plus. Will your community be ready?

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