— There are more than 150 officially designated “Age-Friendly” communities nationwide.  One of them is Northfield, Minnesota.  Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages states, cities, towns and counties to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older …

— The creative work of two community leaders in Delaware is showcased in AARP’s Where We Live: Communities for All Ages series, now available for free. This edition shares new and inspiring solutions from community leaders across the nation who are responding to the most pressing needs of aging populations and are creating better environments where residents of all ages can thrive, including how Delaware leaders Robin Christiansen, Mayor of Dover and Steve Elkins, Executive Director of CAMP Rehoboth, are addressing …

— Since so many worthy projects were submitted to the nationwide AARP Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that four additional projects have been funded through monies set aside locally for Age-Friendly community projects in Massachusetts. The four recipient organizations and related projects are detailed below. Background: AARP Massachusetts announced the first-ever Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, working in collaboration with communities across the state. The grant program was part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make …

— What should the future of Seattle look like? How can we make the city a place where people of all ages can be healthy, independent and part of a vibrant community? If you missed the debate broadcast, there is still time to watch candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon as they share their views on issues like safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, and opportunities for residents to connect and engage in the community life of our city no matter their …

— You, your family and friends are invited to join AARP DC at the kick-off event of the Van Ness Social Club!  When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 3 – 7 PM Where: Van Ness Plaza, 4250 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, (Map It) What to expect: Come out and meet your neighbors! Join us for an afternoon of fun activities including – dance lessons, a Cakewalk, giant chessboard, human bingo, and bubble performance art! Punch and cookies will be …

— The City of Grand Rapids is building a master plan to become a Livable Community through AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities. This fall, AARP Michigan and the City of Grand Rapids are hosting “Community Conversations” to find out what you’d like to see in your neighborhood to make it age friendly for people of ALL ages. Several of these events were held earlier this month. Please join us for any of these remaining Community Conversations: Garfield Park Community Gym, …

— AARP Kentucky announces two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Parks and Recreation and the Western Kentucky University Center for Gerontology. Each project was fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “Kentucky can be proud of the local work by so many community partners and volunteers …

— RALEIGH — To help make North Carolina communities more livable for people of all ages, AARP NC awarded three “Community Challenge” grants to organizations working to expand opportunities and engagement for all residents. A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources enhance personal independence; allow residents to age in place; and foster residents’ engagement in the community’s civic, …

— AARP Illinois today announced that two Illinois communities have been chosen as part of the 89 winners of the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include Batavia Main Street and Go Green Wilmette. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “We received a tremendous response to this program in Illinois as well …

— Walking the dog takes on a whole new meaning in downtown Albany when you can run into 20 mini Nippers, all decorated by artists: professional and amateur. “Downtown is Pawsome” exhibit is a walking tour, sponsored by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, and part of their Placemaking initiative. Three-foot-tall Nippers pay homage to the 28-foot fiberglass Nipper dog that sits atop the old RCA warehouse on North Broadway and has been a mainstay of the Albany skyline for decades. …