Livable Communities

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AARP Iowa is calling on Des Moines city leaders to make slowing traffic to protect pedestrians and save lives a top priority as the city develops its first Vision Zero Transportation Safety Action Plan. Vision Zero is Des Moines’ plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and further enhance safety of our transportation system.
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As small houses or apartments that exist on the same property lot as a single-family residence, Accessory Dwelling Units — or ADUs — play a major role in serving a national housing need. This traditional home type is re-emerging as an affordable and flexible housing option that meets the needs of older adults and young families alike.
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We’re excited to announce that four organizations throughout Iowa will receive a combined $86,775 in 2022 Community Challenge grants – part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.4 million awarded among 260 organizations nationwide.
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AARP Iowa is working with local leaders and residents to improve pedestrian safety, walkability, bike access and outdoor recreation options. 
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To help older Iowans age in place with caregiving and support nearby, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are gaining popularity.
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AARP Iowa is pleased to have a growing statewide network of cities seeking to make Iowa more age friendly to residents of all ages and abilities.
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Four cities have received 2019 AARP Community Challenge grants.
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AARP Iowa is taking a road trip to the Charles City Challenge Whitewater Festival for a day on the Cedar River at Iowa's first whitewater park. Named "Outstanding Event" by Iowa Tourism, the festival is now in its eighth year features kayak and tube events on the water as well as fun on the shore in a beautiful setting! Activities include disc golf, public art, walking trails, vendors, food and more.
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According to a recent AARP Iowa 2019 Age-Friendly Online Survey_cedar rapids deck (002) , nine out of 10 say that the city rates “good” or better for aging in place in the community. In addition, 88 percent of survey respondents expressed that aging in their own homes is either “very” or “extremely” important to them.  AARP Iowa released the full results of the survey today, and held an open discussion with approximately 50 local residents about the livability of Cedar Rapids, at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Library, 450 5th Ave. SE.
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According to a recent survey from AARP Iowa of nearly 400 Cedar Rapids residents age 50 and older, nine out of 10 say that the city rates “good” or better for aging in place in the community. In addition, 88 percent of survey respondents expressed that aging in their own homes is either “very” or “extremely” important to them. AARP is looking to designate Cedar Rapids as its next ‘age-friendly’ city in Iowa.
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