— AARP Texas is teaming up with residents of the Linwood neighborhood of Fort Worth, the City of Fort Worth, and others to create a “Better Block” demonstration project. The Linwood Better Block initiative gets underway this week with a “Community Walk & Talk” that takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Linwood Park entrance, 362 Foch Street. The event is free and open to the public. Members of the news media are encouraged to …

— To promote age-friendly, livable communities, AARP Texas is hosting gardening classes across the state. AARP wants to create communities that promote healthy lifestyles and allow people to age in place. Such communities offer access to outdoor spaces; safe, accessible recreational facilities; and social participation for people of all ages. Daily activities such as gardening can lead to better health, especially for people who don’t enjoy athletic activities or going to the gym. On April 13, AARP members and their guests …

— As members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Austin and Fort Worth have developed strategic plans to prepare for the needs of an aging population. Although Austin has a youthful reputation, its share of people 55 and older is among the fastest growing in the nation. In November, the Austin City Council approved an age-friendly action plan, with implications for parks, recreational facilities, farmers markets, emergency responders, housing, public transportation, sidewalks and more. And after a series of public …

— Austin is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation, with a population of more than 930,000. Like other Texas cities, it’s car-focused, which means frequently long commutes and roadway congestion. Despite the daily traffic messes, public transit ridership has not increased significantly in recent years. Though it offers a robust transportation network of more than 360 buses, 82 bus routes, 220 vanpools, 171 paratransit vehicles, and a 32-mile rail line, Capital Metro passenger numbers are mostly stagnant, with …

— On Thursday evening, Nov. 17, AARP Texas will host a public forum in Austin featuring local and national experts discussing strategies for Texas communities to become even more accessible, comfortable and safe for people of all ages. Thursday’s “Austin Livability Solutions” event is the latest of the nationally acclaimed AARP Livable Communities Solutions Forums and will be presented as part of the Image Austin speaker series. The event – which is free and open to the public — will feature …

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— Austin enjoys a reputation as a young city. It’s also among the fastest-growing areas for people 55 and older. City leaders are taking the growth trend seriously. On Thursday, the Austin City Council approved a plan to help people “age in place.” The plan – the first of its kind to be adopted by a Texas city – aims to bring about needed changes that will benefit older persons, families and children alike. When implemented, it asks for a recreation …

— With people staying healthy and active longer, communities have to adapt. There’ll be need for more safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, and opportunities for civic engagement. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities gives cities guidance on how to reach their goals in becoming great places for people of all ages. Fort Worth is among Texas cities rising to the challenge. An “Age-Friendly Fort Worth Action Plan” is taking shape, and the proposal is set to go to …

— AARP Texas is proud to announce and welcome Melodía Gutiérrez to the Association’s Dallas-Fort Worth team. Gutiérrez, an AARP associate state director of outreach and advocacy, is leading AARP’s work in Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Gutiérrez joined the staff of AARP Texas in late May from the American Association of University Women, an advocacy group that promotes equity and education for women and girls. A recognized team player and consensus builder, Gutiérrez will work closely with AARP volunteers in …

— For her exceptional accomplishments in Fort Worth, AARP’s Carmel Perez Snyder has been named the 2016 recipient of the Association’s Maureen McKoy Award for Excellence in Service. The prestigious award is given annually to an AARP employee who has displayed tremendous leadership by fostering volunteer engagement and community outreach. Carmel led the Association’s work in Fort Worth since 2010, until moving to Oregon last month to be closer to family. Now she holds a similar position for AARP in that …

— AARP Texas aims to make communities across the state more livable for people of all ages. Livable communities have features such as affordable, age-friendly housing and roadways designed for pedestrians, bicyclists and people with disabilities, as well as motorists. Another important characteristic is a high level of civic and social engagement. That’s why AARP wants everyone to get involved, even if for just a few hours a month. Volunteers can choose from a variety of activities, from making neighborhoods more …