Livable Communities

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AARP Alaska wants to insure that people in later life have opportunities to contribute to their communities.  AARP volunteers serve throughout Alaska and across the nation to create better places for people of all ages.  With deep local knowledge, they are well-positioned to make communities more age-friendly. 
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DILLINGHAM, AK - Using funds from a 2021 AARP Community Challenge Grant, the Dillingham Friends of the Landfill committee are working to improve landfill management and access to the fish waste disposal area.  These practices reduce human-bear interaction around the landfill, keeping both residents and animals safe. Friends of the Landfill is a volunteer group that works advocates for practices supporting the community solid waste program.
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Anchorage, Alaska is officially the 678th community to enroll in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities (NAFSC).  An AARP Age-Friendly Community is one where a city’s elected leadership has made a commitment to actively work with residents and local advocates to make their city a safe and fulfilling place to live for people of all ages. As an NAFSC member, Anchorage is now publicly recognized for its commitment to becoming age-friendly and will receive access to resources for identifying and assessing community needs, as well as technical assistance, expert-led webinars, and connections to a national network of over 670 enrolled communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities is part of AARP’s larger livable communities work that focuses on hands-on, locally determined and directed initiatives. The common thread among the enrolled communities is the belief that the places where we live are better able to support people of all ages when local leaders commit to improving the quality of life for the very young, the very old, and everyone in between. 
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The Anchorage Age-Friendly leadership team will be conducting a pilot ‘Walk Audit’ later this month. What is a Walk Audit and why are we conducting one in Anchorage?
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AARP Awards Grants to Five Alaska Organizations as Part of its Nationwide Program to Make Communities More Livable
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Applications accepted through March 22, 2022, 1:00 p.m. Alaska time
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GUSTAVUS, AK— Using funds from a 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grant, non-profit Gustavus Community Center (GCC) has successfully furnished and equipped their center’s fitness room. GCC was awarded funding in October 2020, amid COVID-19 and the center’s opening. “The  pandemic came at a time when our brand-new facility had just been completed and we were getting ready to open the community’s first fitness center,” said Board President Sean Neilson. “The Community Challenge Grant helped us to safely open our doors, providing not only new opportunities for physical fitness but critical community connection as well.”
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New Bench Shelter supported by a 2020 Community Challenge Grant from AARP Alaska
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AARP Alaska has teamed up with the national nonprofit FitLot in a nationwide initiative to support the creation of outdoor fitness parks in each state and territory that it serves.
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Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Alaska time
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