Aging and Livable Communities

The Aging of America provides an extraordinary opportunity for planners to create plans and policies and help develop and redevelop communities that are more age friendly ... and, therefore, more livable. According to Deborah Howe, Baby Boomers "will swell the ranks of those aged 65-plus from 34.8 million in 2000 to a projected 70.3 million in 2030, ultimately representing 20 percent of the U.S. population."

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In this current environment, where livability principles and sustainable communities constitute a priority, the Divisions Council can take the lead in galvanizing planners to apply the aging filter to planning initiatives and opportunities.

Divisions are rich in knowledge resources and expertise that can help guide the fundamental transformation to communities that are livable for all. Divisions can help frame this transformation rooted in the unique needs of place and community.

If you are interested in contributing to this effort, please contact Ramona Mullahey at

Aging in Place Bibliography

This online resource is designed for planners and researchers seeking an interdisciplinary, annotated bibliography of pertinent literature about Americans' growing desire to remain in their homes and participate in their communities as they age.

This list highlights articles, events, and publications from the American Planning Association and other experts in the field.

Annotated Bibliography on Aging in Place

From APA

Reports, Articles, and Publications

Generations United, from the MetLife Foundation, has developed a toolkit — Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages (2015) — that includes planning tips with examples from successful communities across the United States, inspiring stories from award-winning communities, and more.


"Collaboration: The Key to Building Communities for All Generations"

"Not Your Mother's Suburb: Remaking Communities for a More Diverse Population," Urban Lawyer

Housing America's Older Adults — Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population

65+ in the United States: 2010

Making the Right Moves: Promoting Smart Growth and Active Aging in Communities

Is This a Good Place to Live? Measuring Community Quality of Life for All Ages

What Is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults


Planning for Multigenerational Communities

Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults

Grantmakers in Aging: Why We're Supporting Age-Friendly Communities

Livable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place

Creating a Livable Community: Engaging All Generations and Improving Quality of Life

Age-Friendly Communities: The Movement to Create Great Places to Grow Up and Grow Old in America


Best Cities for Successful Aging

Housing an Aging Population — Are We Prepared?


Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices

APA Briefing Paper: "Using Smart Growth and Universal Design to Link the Needs of Children and the Aging Population"

Multigenerational Community Planning: Linking the Needs of Children and Older Adults

Aging in Place, Stuck Without Options