— The Eugene Spring Home Show was a great place to talk to enthusiastic locals and folks from surrounding communities. Saturday, March 11, AARP staff asked visitors, “What would you do to build a community for people of all ages? People were hesitant at first, then often would come back and share their thoughts. Residents shared things that they love about Oregon and the Willamette Valley, but shared the concerns most people have about the substantial influx of newcomers to the …

— Do you have ideas on how to make Southern New Hampshire communities more age friendly for all members?  AARP is collaborating with The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) to work on just that, as part of a “Becoming Age-Friendly” program. The concept of an age-friendly community is in part about adopting such features as: ·         Safe, walk-able streets ·         More housing and transportation options ·         Access to key services ·         Opportunities for residents to participate in community activities So …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with the Maine Sheriff’s Association to host free shredding events and medicine disposal events.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Would you like to volunteer with us for one of these events?  Shredding events are fun, too!  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account …

— Do you have ideas on how to make Southern New Hampshire communities more age friendly for all members?  AARP is collaborating with The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) to work on just that, as part of a “Becoming Age-Friendly” program. The concept of an age-friendly community is in part about adopting such features as: ·         Safe, walk-able streets ·         More housing and transportation options ·         Access to key services ·         Opportunities for residents to participate in community activities So …

— Newberg is making it easier for people of all people of all ages and abilities to live and thrive in the city as Newberg becomes Oregon’s fourth community to join the AARP National and WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The other four Age-Friendly Oregon communities are: Portland, Multnomah County and Springfield. “I am excited that the City of Newberg – with leadership from the Newberg City for All Ages Task Force – has committed to making Newberg a great …

— The third season of  NeighborWalks begins in May! We are excited to invite you to join us this year at one or all of the dozen walks that we have designed for you! NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program brought to you by AARP Oregon, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Oregon Walks. Our vision is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community. Walks take place in neighborhoods around Portland. Each walk …

— Locals know Charleston as a place with small-town charm and capital-city attractions such as a symphony orchestra and museums. Now, community leaders are taking steps to make Charleston part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which, in turn, is part of a World Health Organization effort to help cities prepare for urbanization and rapid aging of the population. The network helps participating communities become great places to live at any age by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; …

— Governor’s Instruction to State Agencies to Align with World Health Organization-AARP Guidelines Would Help NYers of All Ages ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo is aiming to make New York the first Age-Friendly state in the nation, and AARP today praised the Governor for his leadership on this issue of importance to New Yorkers of all ages. The Governor outlined the groundbreaking goal as part of a health initiative in his 2017 State of the State agenda. “As an initial …

— AARP and the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission are guiding 14 communities through strategic planning to help residents live in their own homes as they age, rather than move into nursing homes. Each community will survey its residents to evaluate needs in terms of housing, transportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunities, and civic and social engagement. The results will be shared with city planners and the public. The organizers hope the results will inspire other towns across the state to …

— 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 …