On the Radar

Aging and Livable Communities


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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."

In this current environment, where livability principles and sustainable communities constitute a priority for the administration, 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 ramona.mullahey@hud.gov.

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

Creating An Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages (2015)

Generations United, from the MetLife Foundation, has developed a toolkit that includes planning tips with examples from successful communities across the United States, inspiring stories from award-winning communities, and more.

Housing America's Older Adults — Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population (2014)

A report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University that explores the urgency in planning for housing for older adults as the 50-and over population is projected to increase about 20 percent by 2030, to 132 million. The report website includes video coverage and resources such as infographics and an interactive map of the aging U.S. population.

65+ in the United States: 2010 (2014)

This 2014 report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides the latest, comprehensive look at the nation's population aged 65 and older, comprising 40.3 million in 2010.

Making the Right Moves: Promoting Smart Growth and Active Aging in Communities (2014)

An article from the Journal of Aging & Social Policy that describes an award program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for excellence in smart growth and active aging.

AARP Reports on Livability Indicators (2014)

Planning for Multigenerational Communities (2013)

An issue brief that is part of the Planning Across Generations Project in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. The briefs in this series outline key points on how planners can successfully adopt multigenerational planning to expand choices for families, increase the independence of people of all ages, and create stronger communities.

Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults (2013)

This paper from AARP's Public Policy Institute highlights the major sources of federal funding that providers can tap to fund transportation for older adults.

Grantmakers in Aging: Why We're Supporting Age-Friendly Communities (2013)

Grantmakers in Aging explains its Community AGEnda: Improving America for All Ages, designed to accelerate the work of five age-friendly projects.

Livable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place (2013)

A report from Met Life that identifies an initial list of indicators that can be measured using information readily available to local governments, providing a low-cost way for cities and towns to begin to examine the needs of their aging population.

Creating a Livable Community: Engaging All Generations and Improving Quality of Life (2013)

A guide from Met Life designed to provide guidance for those at the local level to identify new ways to implement programs that enhance lives across all generations and create a livable and positive environment for community members.

Age-Friendly Communities: The Movement to Create Great Places to Grow Up and Grow Old in America (2013)

This publication introduces private philanthropies and local, state, and federal funders to a new, transformative way of thinking about aging and community development. A searchable database of age-friendly programs across America, a curated collection of implementation tools, and other resources are also available at www.giaging.org/programs-events/community-agenda.

Best Cities for Successful Aging (2012)

This Milliken Institute report compares and ranks the performance of 359 metropolitan areas in enabling successful aging, using 78 indicators that determine the overall quality of life for seniors.

Housing an Aging Population — Are We Prepared? (2012)

A report from the Center for Housing Policy explores the effects of the coming demographic change on the demand for housing and policies that could help communities respond to the dual challenges of providing older adults with affordable housing and adequate services.

Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices (2011)

The vast majority of older adults want to continue to live in their own homes or communities. This report examines state policies that are needed to help older adults age in place.

In Brief: Aging in Place

Webcast: AARP Solutions Forum

Planning for Multi-Generational Communities

The needs of children and the aging population are linked in a number of ways. These needs are not adequately addressed within many communities, but those that have addressed them have benefited both socially and economically.

APA Briefing Paper: "Using Smart Growth and Universal Design to Link the Needs of Children and the Aging Population" (2011)

Multigenerational Community Planning: Linking the Needs of Children and Older Adults (2010)

U.S. Communities Struggle to Keep Up With Needs of Aging Population (2011)

A report from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging reveals that communities have, at best, managed to maintain the status quo for the past six years because of the decline in the overall economy and local government budgets.

Maturing of America II: Executive Summary (pdf)

Aging in Place, Stuck Without Options (2011)

An analysis by the Center for Neighborhood Technology that explores the future numbers of seniors who will live in neighborhoods with poor access to transportation options other than driving.