“Aging in place” is a popular concept among seniors these days. A 2018 AARP poll showed 3 in 4 older adults (50+) want to live at home as long as they possibly can. That’s great for people with homes, but what about homeless seniors, or homeowners threatened with foreclosure, or renters facing eviction?
For too many people, the right type of house, in the right location and at the right price point can’t be found because it no longer exists. This mismatch – between the available housing stock and what people actually want – is partly due to shifting demographics and partly due to the growing demand for walkable urban living. Filling that gap with new housing options that offer the right size, location and price point – something often referred to as “Missing Middle Housing” - is one way to correct this mismatch and create affordable options for a broader range of people.
Fairfax County has announced the availability of a number of affordable one-level condos designed for older adults. The condos are located in a new 55+ community called Crest of Alexandria on Telegraph Road between Kingstowne and Fort Belvoir and close to shopping and other amenities. Find more information , email Santiago.Sanchez@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-246-5165, TTY 711.
Community projects in Seattle, Olympia, and Renton are recognized for their efforts to create more livable communities in AARP's " Where We Live: Communities for All Ages" 3rd edition. Our Washington communities are among more than 100 articles that feature the many ways communities across the nation are becoming great places to live for people of all ages.
The creative work of Health Commissioner, Leana Wen, M.D. (Baltimore), community leaders in Montgomery County, Carol Goodman and Carla DeWitt (Edgewater), and non-profit, Pigtown Main Street (Baltimore) are showcased in the 2018 Edition of AARP’s Where We Live: Communities for All Ages publication, now available for free.
At the AARP Oregon State Office we hear almost weekly from a member who can’t afford prescription drugs and has to make the hard choice to skip a medication dose or cut the pill in order to make ends meet. That’s why we were especially pleased to help pass legislation during Oregon’s short session that will make the cost of drugs more “transparent” in our state.
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