— What happens when we are not able to drive or use public transit? How do we get around to meet our everyday needs and stay connected in to our community? AARP research tell us that transportation and mobility options are fundamental to our well-being as we grow older. But too often, lack of accessible, reliable transportation options keep older adults and people with disabilities from participating in everyday activities or meeting basic needs. We are excited to bring you this …

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— Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins announced Tuesday that the State of Florida has joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, a move hailed by AARP as a major step toward making Florida even more livable for people of every age. “I am pleased that Florida is joining this network to take concrete, actionable steps that will make our state more friendly and livable, not only for children and working-age adults, …

— AARP Florida, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative invites your participation at the 4th Annual Age-Friendly Communities Sharing Symposium The FREE two-day event is designed for community leaders and partners across the Aging Network and beyond – to advance Age-Friendly and Dementia-Caring practices that enhance life for all Floridians. By sharing Best Practices, the event will provide you – and your community – with opportunities to: Learn from others who are advancing age and dementia-friendly …

— The AARP HomeFit program was developed to educate attendees on how to navigate all living spaces independently to allow them to remain in their own homes as they age.  Participants receive information on how to easily evaluate their own home for “livability” should they themselves or one of their family members become unable to use stairs, or must rely on assistive devices. It is designed help individuals plan for independence, choice, and dignity as they age. At the event you …

— Parks and public spaces for people of all ages and abilities are a key component of a community that is livable. For National Park Week 2019 (April 20-28), AARP in California is celebrating the importance of ALL parks and public spaces! According to a recent survey conducted by AARP, 89% of adults age 50+ in California said that it is important to have parks, recreational space, or other open spaces available for use in their community. We also know that …

— The City of Boise has committed to an important new distinction. In conjunction with AARP, Valley Ride Transit and the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, Boise has joined AARP’s network of age-friendly communities. “This distinction is a direct reflection of our mission to make Boise the most livable city in the country,” said Mayor Bieter. “We’re excited to provide important programming and recreational opportunities for all residents, including those who visit the Dick Eardley Senior Center managed by Boise Parks …

— AARP Colorado and No Copay Radio have teamed up and will periodically alert you to the topics being broadcast on No Copay Radio that are important to AARP members in Colorado. Visit this blog often to find past broadcasts that you want to hear. No Copay Radio helps you learn the truth behind health headlines. Starring longtime Colorado broadcaster Murphy Huston, this podcast offers the inside story on health news. Click here for the podcasts. Be sure to follow the podcast …

— AARP is pleased to welcome the City of Hyattsville as the latest member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. As the latest community to sign on to the network and complete an intensive two-year study and planning project, Hyattsville’s civic leaders will have access to global resources and information on age-friendly best practices, models of assessment and implementation, and the experiences of towns and cities around the world. Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation …

— Think about your community for a moment. Are there public parks close to your home? Are there well-lighted streets and sidewalks to lead you there? Is public transportation easily accessible to take you to shopping areas or community activities? Do your local schools involve older residents in events and activities? Whether you are 8 or 80, your community should be an inclusive and accessible environment that encourages active and healthy aging – an Age-Friendly Community. We are delighted to welcome …