— Discuss ways to make neighborhoods and nearby spaces better for all who live there at AARP’s Livable Communities Forum, on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m., at the AARP state office, 10 Orms St., Providence. Parking is free and refreshments will be provided. Register at aarp.cvent.com/RIForum or call 877-926-8300 toll-free. More at aarp.org/RILivable.

— Team Better Block engages communities by planning and orchestrating short-term local events to temporarily improve the physical and economic environment on a specific city block. Through participatory workshops, the team helps the community generate ideas about how to build on their city’s assets to improve public space. By using street furniture, outdoor seating, parklets, landscaping, pavement painting for bike lanes and crosswalks, and energizing public space with lively programming and local art, Team Better Block will utilize temporary changes in …

— North Carolina residents had several days’ notice that Hurricane Florence was headed straight to Southeastern NC.  Despite warnings to evacuate, many residents stayed in their homes.  While their reasons varied, many cited that they don’t have the means to pay for lodging, gas and food to move to a safer place, even though free shelters were available to them.   Additionally, in the hurricane’s aftermath, people were shocked to learn that insurance policies usually won’t cover the flood damage, and …

— Welcome to Fall!  A message from AARP Maine State Director, Lori Parham: Can it already by autumn?  If you are like me, you are wondering where the time has gone as we head into one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. AARP Maine staff and volunteers have been hard at work all summer, particularly on voter-related activities as we edge toward the mid-term elections on November 6th.  We are collaborating with wonderful partners like Maine Revives Civility and …

— Letter to the Editor, by Don Corrigan, AARP Iowa Executive Council Member As a volunteer in July on the Better Block project along East Grand, between East 5th and East 6th streets, I heard mixed comments from passersby [East Village block temporarily transformed for Build a Better Block]. There of course were concerns about where the parking was located, but mostly the questions were about “those silly white posts’” and what their purpose was. However, when the project was finished, …

— Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or income, we can all agree that improvements to our communities benefit everyone. And we all want the same things: safe, accessible and affordable places to live for you and your family, access to the shops, businesses and community services that you interact with every day, and to live near friends, family and people you can rely on. People and families are better off when communities prepare for the fact that people are living longer …

— AARP is pleased to welcome Londonderry as the latest member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.  As the newest community to sign on to the network, Londonderry’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. The network helps participating communities become great places for people of all ages by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing …

— AARP CT Livable Communities Grant application for PDF AARP CT Livable Communities Grant Request for Proposal AARP Connecticut is expanding on the national AARP Community Challenge with the launch of the local “Livable Communities Grant Program” dedicated to fund “quick-action” projects in Connecticut communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s Livable Communities initiative that aims to help neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for all ages. “We regularly work in collaboration with communities across the state to …

— Experts and Leaders from Island’s Communities of Color Brainstorm Solutions to #DisruptDisparities in Health, Economic Security and Livability at AARP Forum HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Fewer bank branches and mortgages, less affordable housing costs, more student loan delinquencies and debt collection lawsuits, and higher risk of home foreclosures plague 50+ residents of Long Island’s communities of color. Those are the key findings of a report compiled by AARP and top advocacy organizations for New York’s communities of color. And they served …

— Stands with Mayor for signing of bill to turn on cameras before classes begin NEW YORK, N.Y. — AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel today stood with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he signed city legislation to reactivate speed cameras in city school zones. The cameras had gone dark after a state law authorizing the program lapsed earlier this summer. The new city law will allow the issuance of tickets to speeders temporarily, but state legislation …