— ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – Lehigh Valley Mayoral Roundtable AARP is working to make the cities of the Lehigh Valley the best place to live for people of all ages.  On June 7, AARP hosted Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez, and Easton Mayor Sal Panto for a unique conversation focused on improving the livability of their communities.  Dr. Rodney Harrell, the Director of the Office of Livability Thought Leadership in AARP’s Public Policy Institute, moderated the …

— ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – York On May 24, York County members relived history at the city’s William C. Goodridge Freedom Center—an important stop on the nation’s underground railroad during the 19th century.  The historic property and museum served as the setting for a reception and educational program that attracted 115 AARP members. The highlight of the program was a presentation by a living history interpreter portraying the character of William C. Goodridge, a former slave who risked his …

— ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – Philadelphia and Surrounding Communities Philadelphia City Council Hosts Hearing on AARP-Endorsed Bill Improving Pedestrian Safety Back in April, AARP Pennsylvania was pleased to join Philadelphia City Council member Helen Gym for a public hearing on City Bill 161108 that would improve access to the city’s sidewalks and protected walkways–particularly when normal access is disrupted due to construction activity. During the hearing, AARP volunteers testified that a more walkable community allows Philadelphians of all ages …

— Last year, AARP strongly supported the passage of Measure M because we believed it represented a critical investment in Los Angeles County’s transportation infrastructure that will help transform local communities into more livable, age-friendly places in the years to come. Some of our members expressed concern about AARP’s support of a local tax increase, and some asked what AARP’s role would be after the election.  We pledged to keep our elected leaders accountable on their progress towards Measure M’s goals, …

— Home is where the heart is, and well-designed, livable communities promote health, sustain growth, and make for happier, healthier residents of every age, in all life stages. AARP Wisconsin is working to raise awareness in the greater Milwaukee area about the need for age-friendly, livable communities. You can connect with AARP at one of our Free Coffee Fridays to share your thoughts on building a more livable greater Milwaukee. You’ll receive a free coffee, a re-usable coffee sleeve and learn about …

— AARP South Dakota is encouraging volunteers to help make their communities more attractive places to live, work and play—especially in rural areas. Most people want to remain in their homes as they age, but their ability to do so depends in part on the community. Does it have sidewalks and safe crosswalks? Transportation for those who don’t drive? Opportunities to connect with others? These are among the features that make a community livable. Want to get involved in this effort? …

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— AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities.  The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to make our communities great places to live for everyone. he program is open to 501(C) (3) and 501(C) (4) non-profits and government entities. Projects might range from a small, short-term activity that costs hundreds to a more sizable project requiring thousands of dollars.   Projects need to deliver on …

— Greetings one and all… This morning I am particularly thankful for my home, my family, and my life. I’m not surprised. Gratitude often grows in the aftermath of adversity—one of the blessings to be embraced following challenging times in life. No doubt, the past 4 months have certainly been challenging for my family and me. In addition to a nonstop schedule of presentations and events, two of our beloved cats recently died of renal failure following months of intensive care. …

—   Alexandria residents are invited to a presentation on creating livable communities, Wednesday, June 21 at Beatley Central Library at 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, VA from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m, and light refreshments will be served. AARP has helped the state of Virginia provide citizens with livable communities ever since its creation in 1958, and thanks to both AARP and Senior Services of Alexandria, residents will have a chance to offer their ideas and suggestions on …

— AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to make our communities great places to live for everyone. “Communities that provide residents with options to get the most out of the place they call home, no matter their age, can take a long time to build and sustain,” said Nora Duncan, state director of AARP Connecticut. “However, …