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Newport, Cranston Join AARP Network of
Age-Friendly States & Communities

NEWPORT As the 377th community to sign on to the network, Newport’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 and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in civic and community activities.

“Well-designed, livable communities promote wellbeing, sustain economic growth, and make for happier, healthier residents — of all ages,” said AARP Rhode Island State Director Kathleen Connell. “By becoming part of the network, Newport is making a commitment to do even more to improve livability in the city and involve older residents in the process,” she said. “This is just the latest milestone in a long history of AARP Rhode Island engagement with the City of Newport and its residents – including this summer’s opening of the AARP-sponsored Fitness Park, an exciting addition being enjoyed by many who visit the city’s Aquidneck Park.”


“We’re thrilled to be recognized as an Age Friendly Community,” said Newport Mayor Jamie Bova. “Newport is truly an incredible place to live at any age, and this designation is a testament to the work we’ve been doing as a City not only to enhance the quality of life for our residents, but also the investments we’ve been making in our infrastructure and civic engagement.”

Newport Residents: Take the Age-Friendly Community Survey

CRANSTON As the 390th community to sign on to the network, Cranston’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.

“Well-designed, livable communities promote wellbeing, sustain economic growth, and make for happier, healthier residents — of all ages,” said AARP Rhode Island State Director Kathleen Connell.

“By becoming part of the network, Cranston demonstrates an impressive ability to work collaboratively across city departments and engaging with community members to do more to integrate and improve livability in the city and involve residents of all ages in the process,” she said.


“Cranston is one of the Best Cities to Live in the United States and the best community in Rhode Island because of our great quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Allan Fung. “By joining AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, we will have access to some great tools and resources to ensure that our aging population is well served. We want to ensure that our older population can live, work and play in a community that is responsive to their ever-changing needs. Their golden years will be their best years!”

The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities targets improvements in eight domains that influence the health and quality of life for all as we age. Communities participating in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities commit to improving their livability through an assessment of needs, development of an action plan, implementation of new projects and programs, and ongoing assessment – all with the involvement of older residents.

Congratulations from AARP Rhode Island!

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2019 Back to School Celebration


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Working Together to Build Strong Communities

AARP Rhode Island and a tireless group of volunteers is dedicated to working with community partners to create Livable Communities. In the past, "Livable Communities" seemed to be about building neighborhoods that were accessible to old people. The term was associated with "Aging in Place," which was misunderstood to mean "allowing old people to live in their homes to the very end." This is not where we are today. Building Livable Communities means people of all ages taking an active, holistic role in improving the neighborhoods we live in today so that we can live there healthier, safer and happier for as long as we so choose.

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An AARP Community Challenge Grant covered the cost of the game tables and benches that make the new splash pad at Onna W. Moniz-John Park in East Providence a truly Age-Friendly place. It opened June 28 -- a scorcher -- and was an instant hit.

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 Part of AARP Rhode Island's effort has been formation of a community partnership group in the Elmwood-West End section of Providence. At regular meetings we share ideas and explore paths to work together to get things done. If you would like to learn more, contact Darlene Reza Rossi at 401-248-2674 or send her an email.  

Our Community Partners Include

The Elmwood and South Providence Neighborhood Crime Watch Doug Victor, Chair

Back to School Celebration of Rhode Island Jorge  Cardenas, President

Friends of Peace and Plenty Park Doug Victor, Lead.

Friends of Knight Memorial Library Deborah Schimberg, President

 Peace and Plenty Community Garden Doug Victor, Lead.

Southside Community Land Trust Jenny Boone, Grants & Outreach Manager

In 2015, We Dug in


A wondrous thing happens when you plant a seed. Tomorrow, dozens of volunteers along with state and city officials will plant 100 juniper shrubs in the Elmwood Avenue section of Providence. The plants, sprung from lowly seeds in some distant greenhouse, will come of age symbolizing something special. The saga begins last year with the well-intentioned idea that metal basket planters along the business district’s sidewalks would improve curb appeal, making the space look more like a part of the neighborhood and less like a disjointed urban commercial strip. Unfortunately, without public funds for plants, human nature took its course and the empty containers became de facto trash receptacles, often overflowing and producing the opposite of the aesthetic they were designed to promote. Thanks to donated plants and voluntary labor, we will be welcoming spring by changing that landscape to something much greener.

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A TREE GROWS IN PROVIDENCE - PART II In May, AARP volunteers returned to Elmwood Avene in Providence where, in 2015, they joined other neighborhood activists in the planting of 99 junipers in neglected sidewalk containers.  Here is the full story, as published in the Providence Journal. Alas, some of the original plants did not flourish. That is to say, they died. Thanks to many helping hands, the fatalities have been replaced by new, drought-resistant plants that will be regularly watered by volunteers and Elmwood Avenue business owners. Great job everybody!  

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