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  1. 1. AARP Livable Communities Great Places for All Ages
  2. 2. History of AARP's Livable Communities
  3. 3. 3 “Affordable and appropriate housing, supportive community services, and adequate mobility options, which facilitate personal independence and the engagement of residents in civic and social life.” AARP Livable Communities Definition
  4. 4. America is aging PERCENT OF POPULATION AGE 65+ Source: US Census
  5. 5. For the first time in U.S. history, older people will outnumber children. Median age will increase from 38 today to 43 in 2060. 22.8% 19.8% 15.2% 23.5% 15.0% 18.0% 21.0% 24.0% 2016 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 2055 2060 Adults 65+ Children under 18 Projected Percentage of population Source: US Census Bureau (March, 2018). Older People Projected to Outnumber Children for First time in US History. Retrieved from: https://bit.ly/2p8zoQY
  6. 6. A 10-year American child today has a chance of living to 100+.
  7. 7. People want to live in the community they call home 80% 7 Source: 2018 AARP Home and Community Preferences Survey: A National Survey of Adults Age 18+ age 50 and older want to stay where they live 8 of 10 ADULTS 77%Strongly agree with the statement, “I would like to remain in my community as long as possible.” 76%Strongly agree with the statement, “I would like to remain in my current home as long as possible.”
  8. 8. Believe they will stay in their home and never move Source: 2018 AARP Home and Community Preferences Survey: A National Survey of Adults Age 18+ Where people 50+ think they will age 17% 24% 13% Are not sure Expect to move to a different community Expect to move into a different residence within their current community 46%
  9. 9. Age doesn’t define us Well-maintained health care facilities Well maintained, safe and accessible streets Conveniently-located grocery stores Safe Parks 87% 83% 82% 80% Millennials and baby boomers want walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Source: 2018 AARP Home and Community Preferences Survey: A National Survey of Adults Age 18+
  10. 10. New Jersey and the Longevity Economy
  11. 11. Longevity Economy: Consumer Spending
  12. 12. . The Livability Economy: People, Places and Prosperity
  13. 13. LONGEVITY ECONOMY KEY FINDINGS: • COMPACTNESS helps make a community walkable, decreases automobile dependence, and supports a socially vibrant public realm. • INTEGRATION OF LAND USES helps older adults live closer to or within walking distance of work, community activities, and the services they need. • HOUSING DIVERSITY helps ensure that appropriate housing is available for each stage of the life span. • TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS helps older adults remain independent, mobile, and engaged in their surrounding community.
  15. 15. Are communities ready? American homes have traditionally been designed and built for able-bodied 35 year olds. For the past 50 years, communities have developed around motor vehicles as the principal form of transportation.
  16. 16. An increasingly aging population + the desire to age in place + housing not suitable for aging in place + streets unsafe for non-drivers + a lack of public transit options + numerous other factors (e.g. employment, distance from family, health issues, isolation, urban and suburban sprawl) = the reason for the AARP Livable Communities initiative and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities
  17. 17. What makes a community a great place to live? The 8 Domains of Livability
  18. 18. AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities Communities Counties States Map updated August 24, 2018
  19. 19. AARP Resources
  20. 20. Where We Live series
  21. 21. Roadmap to Livability series
  22. 22. Community Challenge Grants
  23. 23. Visit us on the web at: aarp.org/livable Connect With Us Subscribe to our award-winning FREE e-Newsletter at: aarp.org/livable-subscribe Subscribe to our award-winning FREE e-Newsletter at: aarp.org/livable-subscribe Email us at: livable@aarp.org
  24. 24. facebook.com/AARPLivableCommunities @AARPLivable Connect With Us

Hinweis der Redaktion

  • Thank you, its great to be here today. I will be presenting about our AARP Livable Communities agenda, trends for the 50+ population, and AARP programming designed to help make communities even better places to live for people of all ages.
  • Working with communities to develop age-friendly, livable environments has been an important to AARP from the beginning. AARP has been doing this work for 60 years!

  • AARP defines a Livable Community as a place where “Affordable and appropriate housing, supportive community services, and adequate mobility options, which facilitate personal independence and the engagement of residents in civic and social life” are available.

    AARP’s Livable Community work generally takes place at the local level via our state offices, working closely with key partners, organizations, citizen activists and local governments.

  • These maps show the dramatic ‘Age Shift’ that will happen by 2030 …. the darker the blue, the higher the percentage of 65+ citizens in the state.

    Today, almost 46 million people are age 65+ and that number will increase to 73 million by 2030.
    HIghlight NJ

  • Worldwide, the population is aging. The United States is not an exception. By 2035, there will be more people 65+ in the US than there are children.

    Here come some stats! – Hold on, There will be a quiz at the end of the webinar….

    Half of all people that have ever been 65 are alive today.


    And, while we are getting older. It’s a different kind of older.

    By 2050 there will be 18 million Americans over the age of 85.

    And there will be 33 million 65+ minorities.

    So tomorrow’s older population will be a bit different than today’s.
  • The aging of the American’s population isn’t just a Baby Boom blip, people are going to live longer, healthier lives when today’s children are grown than they ever have before.

    An American child who is 10 years old today has a 50% chance of living to 100 or beyond!

    The demographics are raising awareness by municipalities of the need to prepare for the aging of the population if they are going to remain attractive places to live, work, do business, and attract tourists.

    Even without the demographics, It is good policy for communities to work at becoming great places to grow up and to grow old.

  • Recent research by AARP shows that 77% of people 45+ want to stay in their community.

    Sure, some people want to move to a sunnier climate or to live closer to friends and family but the majority of people want to age in the community where they currently live. They want to continue leading active, healthy and engaged lives in the cities, towns, and villages they call “home”.

    And why? To be close to Family & Friends as well as all that the community has to offer. Sure, we all need to be able to access medical services but life isn’t just about medical appointments. In order for older people to make their community a lifelong home, they need to be able to go for a walk, get around without a car, shop socialize and be entertained; find the services they need; work or volunteer, live safely and comfortably.

    And isn’t that what we all need? When a community meets the needs of its oldest or most frail residents and the needs of the youngest, it also meets the needs of everyone in between.

    That is the goal of communities that have joined the AARP-NAFC.

    Source: 2018 AARP Home and Community Preferences Survey: A National Survey of Adults Age 18+

  • More than half—59% of people think that they will be able to live in their current home until they are taken out in a pine box or that, within their current community, they will be able to find housing that meets their changing needs.

    About one-quarter think they will have to move to another community during old age.
  • Boomers and Millennials want the same Livable Community features, especially those related to living in a more compact, walkable and mixed use neighborhood with transportation options. AARP knows that what people want and need from their community isn’t defined by age.

    Adults rate well-maintained and convenient health care facilities, safe parks, and convenient grocery stores as their most important public spaces and buildings community features.

    8 of 10 adults say well-maintained, safe and accessible streets, and easy to read traffic signs are extremely or very important community features.

    Our livable communities work in communities large and small is focused on shared outcomes –

    Helping community leaders to Reimagine their community as one where people of all ages can thrive.

  • The Longevity Economy is the sum of all economic activity in New Jersey that is supported by the consumer spending of households headed by someone age 50 or older.

    Despite being 36% of New Jersey’s population in 2015, the total economic contribution of the Longevity Economy, or the 50+ population in the state, accounted for 48% of New Jersey’s GDP ($270.4 billion).

    This supported 54% of New Jersey’s jobs, 49% of labor income, and 47% of state and local taxes ($27.3 billion).
  • This $270.4 billion impact of the Longevity Economy was driven by $188.9 billion in consumer spending by over-50 households in New Jersey, or 57% of total comparable consumer spending.
  • We know that Livable Communities make money for communities.

    This report was created to help local leaders understand how Livable Community initiatives contribute to improved communitywide economic performance and guide staff discussions to take steps toward addressing livability issues. Specific examples of how livability strategies have contributed to economic vitality are provided from communities across the country.
  • The question is, are communities ready?

    For years, we have focused community planning efforts on young families and children. There is nothing wrong with that and, in fact, everything right with it. We want great communities where children can grow up and thrive. Age-Friendly communities ad an aging lens to community planning so that the very young, the very old, and everyone in-between can thrive.

    Since 1920, when cars first became available to American consumers, we have developed roads for cars and not for people who walk, bike or roll to the places they want to go. The majority of people in the US are aging in car-dependent suburban and rural locations. Transportation and pedestrian infrastructure is generally ill-suited to those who don’t drive, which can isolate them from friends and family. 

    For the past 50+ years we have built housing for young families and for people who don’t have trouble getting around in their home. We built homes without thinking about the ease-of-use by the people living in them.

    Nationally, much of the our housing inventory lacks basic accessi­bility features (such as no-step entries, extra-wide doorways, and lever-style door and faucet handles), preventing people of any age who have a disability from living safely and comfortably in their homes.

  • All of these reason are why AARP is working to raise awareness about the need for our towns and cities to be livable places for people of all ages. All of these reason are why AARP created the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

  • This slide shows the eight domains of livability.

    In the development of the age-friendly process, people around the world were asked what they needed to thrive in the community. These are the aspects of community life that people identified as key to remaining as actively engaged in the life of the community as they want to be.

    What we have learned since is that what older people want is the same as what millennials want.

    Age-Friendly isn’t about “older people.” It isn’t about them…It’s about US.

  • If you look at the map, the red markers indicate communities that have joined the AARP NAFSC; the blue represent counties or regional approaches and the green are age-friendly states.

    Communities large and small are members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. What it means is that the community's elected leadership has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city, county or state a great place for people of all ages.

    Recently-enrolled Age-Friendly Network Communities are invited to join NAFC Learning Networks for peer and expert support throughout the program cycle. They will receive specialized guidance from AARP experts and have access to learning from peers in like-sized communities throughout the country. Given that all participants will be within their first year of enrollment, emphasis will be placed on the planning phase, including assessment and action plan development, in the inaugural year.

  • We support community leaders by sharing information, and shining a spotlight on local innovation. We look far and wide to uncover and tell the story of how ideas are being turned into action in communities bit and small.

    We memorialize innovation through our publications, including our Where We Live book series, which routinely highlights more than 100 ideas from a range of community leaders.
    This series recognizes that good ideas and the energy to push them forward often come from the local and regional levels, and as a result of leadership in MPOs, regional councils, and the like. So far, three editions have been printed and there are still a lot more innovative ideas out there for a fourth edition in 2019!
  • AARP developed the Roadmap to Livability series to help communities plan and implement livability initiatives.

    The Roadmap to Livability provides broad guidelines and examples (best practices) for integrating livability principles into a community. Each workbook in the series provides planning tools to help complete a livability project.
  • AARP—Challenge Grants.

    "Great communities require careful planning and time. These quick action projects will give community leaders the motivation and momentum to create greater change."
    — Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President, Community States and National Affairs/Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer

    In the first year, AARP set aside $500,000 to fund 88 quick change projects in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The program was a success! It allowed communities to make small but significant changes that helped make their city, town, or neighborhood more livable for people of all ages.

    AARP funded another Community Challenge Grant program in 2019. Nearly 1600 communities applied!
  • In support of resources to help people make livable changes in their communities and we feature success stories on our website – aarp.org/livable – and every week we release new content through our free eNewsletter.
    We also find ways to make it a little easier for communities to learn from each other virtually through our Facebook page and Twitter channels.

    I suspect you’re thinking: yeah, yeah. We have enough great ideas. The real challenge is how to FUND them.

  • We also find ways to make it a little easier for communities to learn from each other virtually through our Facebook page and Twitter channels.