— Chief Judge for Federal Bankruptcy Court to Serve in Lead Volunteer Role AARP has appointed the Honorable Randolph Baxter (ret.), past Chief Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court of Northern District of Ohio, to the top volunteer position in Ohio. As the new State President for Ohio, Baxter will serve as a spokesperson for AARP Ohio with the media, opinion leaders, legislators and the public. He will also chair the AARP Ohio Executive Council, a volunteer leadership committee that …

— A “Livable Community” is good for people and business!  No matter what our age, we all want many of the same things, and what appeals to younger people is the same as what appeals to older folks. “Communities are most livable and age friendly when people thoughtfully and intentionally design, organize and operate their communities to make them great places for all ages,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Todd Fahey.  “Livable communities help residents thrive, and when residents thrive, …

— Home is where the heart is, and well-designed, livable communities promote health, sustain growth, and make for happier, healthier residents of every age, in all life stages. AARP Wisconsin is working to raise awareness in the greater Milwaukee area about the need for age-friendly, livable communities. You can connect with AARP at one of our Free Coffee Fridays to share your thoughts on building a more livable greater Milwaukee. You’ll receive a free coffee, a re-usable coffee sleeve and learn about …

— New York State has long been home to some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the nation. New York’s ethnic communities—primarily comprised of African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino populations are not only growing, but also aging at a rapid pace. Given these changing demographics, AARP convened thought leaders, elected officials and leading organizations that serve New York’s ethnic communities to launch a multi-year effort to identify disparities that exist among their ethnic 50-plus communities and develop an …

— Age-friendly communities in Maine outnumber those in any other state. Old Orchard Beach, Stonington, Raymond and Jackman recently joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, bringing Maine’s total to 45 cities and towns. In each place, local officials, businesses, nonprofit groups and residents are collaborating to adopt practices that can make their community more livable at any age. Bowdoinham, for example, created the Handy Brigade, a cadre of volunteers who do simple home repairs for free. In Augusta, a resident …

— The Tar Heel State has mountains, a seaside and a renowned research hub. In addition, communities across the state are taking steps to become more age-friendly. More than 2.5 million North Carolinians live in areas that have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP state office wants to increase that number to 5 million by 2020. U.S. Census projections show 1 in 5 North Carolinians will be 65 or older by 2035. Communities that join the network commit …

— AARP Texas is helping residents of the Linwood neighborhood in Fort Worth revitalize their urban community. The Better Block project engages community members in a two- to three-month planning process, which culminates in a weeklong collaborative effort to improve a city block physically or economically. In Linwood, the project is bringing to fruition residents’ ideas for solar lighting, traffic calming and pedestrian crosswalks. The project demonstrates AARP’s commitment to livable, age-friendly communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Built in the …

— A new traffic circle in Shawnee is designed to calm congestion at the busy intersection of West Burns Street and North Chapman Avenue. “Traffic circles can improve traffic flow and promote public safety,” said Sean Voskuhl, AARP state director. “We all deserve to be able to safely cross the street.” Completed in November, the traffic circle was funded in part by an AARP Community Challenge grant. It was one of 1,200 community improvement project proposals submitted to AARP nationwide and …

— Join your friends and neighbors from throughout Greater Des Moines for presentations and community discussions on the Age-Friendly and Livable Community Initiatives. You’ll learn all the ways these initiatives promote healthier neighborhoods, healthier communities and healthier living for residents of all ages. This 2017 Annual Report to the Community will be held on December 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. at the Des Moines Botanical Garden. The event will include a continental breakfast, and four presentations that will cover …

— Many residents age 50-plus share common goals: They want Washington, D.C., to be a livable community for people of all ages. They want supportive services for an estimated 75,000 unpaid family caregivers. And they want a strong nest egg for retirement. AARP DC is keeping those priorities in mind as it prepares to work with the Council of the District of Columbia in 2018. Two issues top the agenda: relieving the burden on family caregivers and helping D.C. communities become …