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During the 2022 NADO Annual Training Conference, Rebecca Delphia presented on AARP Livable Communities' work with state and local leaders to design communities for people of all ages.

During the 2022 NADO Annual Training Conference, Rebecca Delphia presented on AARP Livable Communities' work with state and local leaders to design communities for people of all ages.

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Planning Ahead for Aging: Age-Friendly Communities and Regions

  1. 1. Rebecca Delphia, Senior Advisor, AARP Livable Communities NADO Annual Training Conference October 18, 2022 Planning Ahead for Aging: Age-Friendly Communities and Regions
  2. 2. 2 AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES WELCOME!
  3. 3. THE WHY
  4. 4. 4 Our Goal AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES AARP Livable Communities seeks to support state and local leaders to ensure that they are designing communities that work for people of all ages by addressing: “ ” By 2034, there will be more people over 65 than under 18 – for the first time ever.
  5. 5. 5 Are there adequate housing options that are affordable, accessible and varied in type? Are there opportunities for civic and social engagement through volunteerism, work, etc? Is there adequate, safe and accessible public space? Are there ways to remain mobile once driving is no longer an option? Are there adequate housing options that are affordable, accessible and varied in type? Is there adequate, safe and accessible public space? Are there ways to remain mobile once driving is no longer an option? Are there opportunities for civic and social engagement through volunteerism, work, etc?
  6. 6. 6 Are there adequate housing options that are affordable, accessible and varied in type? Are there opportunities for civic and social engagement through volunteerism, work, etc? Is there adequate, safe and accessible public space? Are there ways to remain mobile once driving is no longer an option? Older adults outlive their ability to drive between 7-10 years. Older adults represent disproportionate share of pedestrian fatalities in 35 states. Isolation and loneliness present health risks equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Isolation is associated with a 50% percent increased risk of dementia. Older adults represent more than 20% of population, but only 4% of park users. Parks serving people of color are half the size (and 5x as crowded), which increases temps. Older adults represent a disproportionate share of heat-related deaths. Over half of all HH are 1- or 2-persons, but more than 85% of housing stock is 2, 3, 4 or more bedrooms. The share of 65+ renters who are rent-burdened increased from 43% in 2001 to 50% in 2015. Less than 1% of US homes are built with universal design in mind.
  7. 7. 7 8 IN 10 people 50+ want to stay in their community as they age People Want to Stay Where They Live AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES | Pictured: 2020 Georgia Grantee - Bike Walk Macon Source: AARP Home and Community Preferences Survey
  8. 8. 8 | Pictured: 2018 New Mexico Grantee - South Valley MainStreet If you create a community that’s great for older adults, you create a community that’s great for everyone
  9. 9. 9 Housing AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES Housing needs change as we age, but it’s possible for our homes and communities to be livable for people of all ages and life stages.
  10. 10. 10 Transportation AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES Transportation is a vital link that connects people to their communities. Older adults need a variety of convenient and safe transportation options that support their independence.
  11. 11. 11 Parks and Public Spaces AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES Public spaces bring a sense of community and social belonging. They belong to everyone.
  12. 12. THE HOW
  13. 13. 13 On the Ground in Every State AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES … and 43 other states and territories
  14. 14. 14 More than 700 communities have committed to create a more age-friendly future -- plus 9 states and 1 US territory AARP Network of Age-Friendly States & Communities AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES
  15. 15. 15 Spotlight: RDOs and Age-Friendly Communities AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES | Pictured: Age-Friendly Ithaca and Tompkins County, NY Action Plan | Pictured: Age-Friendly Columbus, Ohio Action Plan | Pictured: Age-Friendly Denver, Colorado Action Plan | Pictured: River Valley Regional Commission I Age-Friendly Franklin County & North Quabbin I Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
  16. 16. 16 AARP Community Challenge | Pictured: 2020 Texas Grantee - Walk Austin A grant program to make communities more livable for people of all ages with tangible improvements that jump-start long-term change
  17. 17. 17 Spotlight: RDOs and Community Challenge Grantees AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES | Pictured: 2021 New Mexico Grantee – Mid-Region Council of Governments I Healthy Here Initiative | Pictured: 2021 Oklahoma Grantee – Chickasha Economic Development Council | Pictured: 2021 Florida Grantee – City of Deerfield Beach I Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization | Pictured: 2020 Oklahoma Grantee – Indian Nations Council of Governments I Tulsa Bike Share
  18. 18. 18 Resources AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES Livable Communities Landing Page: aarp.org/livable Livable Communities Newsletter: aarp.org/livable-newsletter Livable Communities Map: livablemap.aarp.org Community Challenge Grant Program: aarp.org/communitychallenge 20+ Free Publications: aarp.org/livablelibrary Tools to help local leaders | Pictured: Livable Newsletter (Feb. 24, 2021) - Placemaking During a Pandemic
  19. 19. 2022 AARP Livability Index Great Neighborhoods for All Ages Housing Neighborhood Transportation Environment Health Opportunity Engagement October 14, 2022 AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE| AARP.ORG/PPI© 2022 AARP ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  20. 20. About the AARP Livability Index Why was the Index created? VISION Communities support residents across the lifespan in realizing their fullest potential and ability to age in place. GOAL Provide residents and community leaders with an interactive, online tool that enables them to visualize their performance against key indicators of livability. MAIN OBJECTIVES • State and local changes in policy, planning, and investment • Inform key stakeholders • Community resident participation • Help communities become more livable for residents of all ages 21 AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE | AARP.ORG/PPI © 2022 AARP ALL RIGHTS RESERVED October 14, 2022
  21. 21. HOUSING • Housing accessibility • Housing options • Housing affordability NEIGHBORHOOD • Proximity to destinations • Mixed-use neighborhoods • Compact neighborhoods • Personal safety • Neighborhood quality TRANSPORTATION • Convenient transportation options • Transportation costs • Safe streets • Accessible system design ENVIRONMENT • Water quality • Air quality • Resilience • Energy efficiency HEALTH • Healthy behaviors • Access to health care • Quality of health care ENGAGEMENT • Internet access • Civic engagement • Social engagement • Equal rights OPPORTUNITY • Equal opportunity • Economic opportunity • Education • Multi-generational communities • Local fiscal health 2022 AARP Livability Index Categories and attributes 22 AARP | AARP.ORG© 2022 AARP ALL RIGHTS RESERVED October 14, 2022
  22. 22. WHAT WE CAN DO
  23. 23. 24 Engage older adults – it’s good for the community | Pictured: 2018 Virginia Grantee - Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition
  24. 24. 25 Take quick action to spark momentum for long-term change | Pictured: 2018 Kentucky Grantee – Heart of Danville
  25. 25. 26 Seize the moment and the opportunities at hand | Pictured: 2019 Alabama Grantee – Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center
  26. 26. 27 We all have a part to play and we need everyone on deck | Pictured: 2020 California Grantee – Los Angeles River State Park Partners
  27. 27. 28 AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES THANK YOU!
  28. 28. 29 AARP Livable Communities For more information: aarp.org/livable | @AARPlivable | livable@aarp.org Rebecca Delphia | rdelphia@aarp.org

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