— 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 …

— The race for Kansas City’s next mayor is heating up. Two candidates, Jolie Justus and Quinton Lucas, are in the running to replace Sly James as the next Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri when his term ends this year. AARP is working to ensure that the candidates address livability issues that are top of mind for Kansas City voters, including housing, transportation, and pedestrian safety. What is Livability? A livable community is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing, …

— 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.   Catch the bus!* In Des Moines (AARP Office): …

— By Diana Lamirand Shopping at the neighborhood farmers market and dining at new restaurants are a couple of things Catherine Martin, 53, enjoys about living in Fort Wayne—a place where she believes that residents of all ages can thrive. Martin, who serves as a mentor to young mothers at her church, has called the city home for nearly 36 years and watched it grow. “Fort Wayne is a wonderful place to raise a family,” Martin observed. “We also have many …

— Parks and public spaces for people of all ages and abilities are a key component of a community that is livable. For National Park Week 2019 (April 20-28), AARP in California is celebrating the importance of ALL parks and public spaces! According to a recent survey conducted by AARP, 89% of adults age 50+ in California said that it is important to have parks, recreational space, or other open spaces available for use in their community. We also know that …

— Listen to the full story on Boise State Public Radio HERE. The City of Boise has committed to an important new distinction. In conjunction with AARP, Valley Ride Transit and the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, Boise has joined AARP’s network of age-friendly communities. “This distinction is a direct reflection of our mission to make Boise the most livable city in the country,” said Mayor Bieter. “We’re excited to provide important programming and recreational opportunities for all residents, including those …

— Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET We know that it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. AARP launched the AARP Community Challenge to fund projects that build momentum for change in communities to improve livability for all local residents. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities.  Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. …

— According to a recent AARP Iowa survey 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 Iowa released the full results of the survey today, and held an open discussion with approximately 50 local residents about the …

— 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. AARP Iowa will release the full results …

— AARP Colorado is hosting the AARP 2019 Denver City Council Candidate Forums through the month of April. Join us for candidate forums in five council district races – Districts 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10 – to help make our city livable for all ages and help you learn where the candidates running for office in your district stand on the issues of affordable housing, transportation and community services. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 1-877-926-8300 to register. …