AARP Senior Strategic Policy Advisor Jana Lynott was in the Kansas City area this week as guest presenter at the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance (KCRTA) monthly luncheon meeting. Lynott is on the Livable Communities Team in AARP's Public Policy Institute (PPI). KCRTA collaborated with KC Communities for All Ages to present the luncheon focus.
Lynott's presentation was "Active Living for All Ages: Creating Around Transit" and focused on the independence and mobility of older adults as well livable communities. Her presentation provided an overview of innovative relationships from 2008-2014, economic development tied to transportation, community preferences for older adults, and the many facets of a livable community.
Lynott pointed to several states that have cities working to make communities more livable for all ages, with an emphasis on "complete streets." They include, Massachusetts, Alabama, Hawaii, West Virginia, and Indiana. She also noted that St. Louis County in Missouri has been designated a member of the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities.
To learn more about Lynott's work, check out her blog at www.aarp.org/blogs.