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Check How Your Area Ranks on a Livability Index of US Cities

May 19, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Check how your area ranks

AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) is backing liveable, walkable, affordable communities for seniors. Its new liveability index of US cities provides an easy-to-use tool that enables anyone to plug in an address or zip code to determine how liveable their community is.[read more]

What Do Seniors Need in Parks?

May 8, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Parks and Seniors

The proportion of seniors in the population is growing. The World Health Organization, AARP, and other organizations have called for more age-friendly communities, with parks and open spaces that offer what seniors needs to feel safe. What do they need?[read more]

Singapore Urban Farm Design Looks to Engage Active Seniors

Urban Farming in Singapore

Imagine a senior living environment based on the hanging gardens of Babylon — a place rich with lush vegetation and beauty, but in a way that doesn’t place any additional strain on a city’s budget. In fact, it could be crafted as a way to grow the local economy. That’s the vision of SPARK Architects’ Wai Wing Yun.[read more]

Seniors Are a Recreation Powerhouse, But Do They Deserve a Discount?

January 12, 2014 by City Parks Blog

There are several reasons for recreation and park departments to consider moving seniors to the center of their service efforts – most significantly because of their rapidly increasing numbers. In 2011, there were 41.4 million U.S. citizens aged 65 or older.[read more]

From CNU 21: Integrating an Aging Population Into Mixed Use Communities

June 4, 2013 by The Global Grid


elderly and mixed-use communities


68% of US seniors defy the stereotype of selling the family home and moving to the sunbelt. They typically cited proximity to family and friends, amenities, the presence of public transit, and the ability to walk daily as reasons to stay.[read more]

How walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods help seniors

June 6, 2012 by Kaid Benfield

Active Living for All Ages: Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit shows how transit-oriented development (TOD) facilitates the independence and mobility of older adults. This new six-minute video features conversations with residents, local officials and experts in TOD[read more]

Preparing Cities for Seniors

January 18, 2012 by Victor Negrete

An ageing population requires that cities reevaluate what good urbanism is. What are the trends in this sector and what needs of the senior population will cities have to start thinking about in order to adjust to this boom? Is walkable urbanism among them?[read more]

Suburbia Is Dying

June 29, 2011 by Jim Russell

Boomtowns are aging much faster than Rust Belt bust-towns. The Washington Post takes a good look at the latest from Brookings demographer William Fry, “The Uneven Aging and ‘Younging’ of America.” The sidebar graphic makes my first point:The likes of Pittsburgh are among the slowest aging communities in the United States. In fact, those...[read more]