Livable Communities

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AARP Makes Long-term Investment in Perth Amboy’s Health with New AARP Sponsored Outdoor Fitness Park
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AARP awards community grants to five New Jersey organizations as part of another record-breaking year for nationwide program 
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Statement from the Age-Friendly New Jersey Leadership Summit’s Convening Committee
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Funds for Cooks & Books came from one of 184 grants awarded to localities and organizations nationwide last year, including three in New Jersey, through the fourth annual AARP Community Challenge. The grants fund small projects that help make localities more livable for everyone,
Febuary 8th 2020, Dunellen, NJ, Jason F. Cilento, Mayor of Dunellen, with a grant from AARP to bulid benches in Columbia Park, which were really needed for the community. Photography Christopher Lane/AARP
Grants go toward New Jersey towns to bring safer streets in Teaneck, new outdoor seating in Dunellen, and a parklet in Westwood.
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Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:59 p.m. ET.
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The vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. That's why AARP's Livable Communities work encourages communities to welcome housing options and develop homes that are accessible to residents and guests of all ages and abilities. Across the United States, however, there is a mismatch between the available housing stock and what the market wants and needs. This is partly due to shifting demographics, such as a rapidly aging population and shrinking household sizes, and partly due to the growing demand for walkable living.
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Por Christina Hernandez Sherwood
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By Christina Hernandez Sherwood
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AARP New Jersey endorses the efforts of cities, towns, and localities to make every community a great place to live for people of all ages. This includes providing safe, walkable streets; age friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to be active members of their communities. Once in place, these resources enhance personal independence, allow residents to age in place, and foster residents' engagement in the community's civic, economic, and social life.
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