What Does ‘Livable’ Mean to Older Americans?

28 Apr

See on Scoop.itCommunity Revitalization

Nearly 20 percent of Americans will be over 65 by 2030, up from 12 percent in 2009. That boom has been accompanied by the rise of a concept known as “aging in place,” a phrase unknown a generation ago but that has become a common buzzword today. It describes the rising trend toward older people staying put, rather than moving away from the neighborhoods where they’ve spent their younger years.

The AARP is developing a “livability index” to measure whether the country’s neighborhoods are meeting the needs and desires of its older citizens. A new report out today from their Public Policy Institute, “What Is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults” is part of that effort.”

Heather Garbo‘s insight:

What do aging community members want to see in their communities? Police presence, improved schools, pedestrian-friendly streets, transportation options, and parks. See what else the AARP uncovered in the recent survey on what livable means to the older generation.

See on www.theatlanticcities.com


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