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Written by: John Wolf on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Posted in:

This week’s AARP Bulletin includes a great story titled: Towns and Cities Prepare for Aging Populations which discusses how cities are striving to become more livable as residents age.  The story highlights three cities: New York, Atlanta, and Philadelphia and the steps each city is taking to build communities that will help its citizens to age in place.

According to this bulletin, many of the changes include adding more walking paths, providing easy access to stores, parks, healthy food and health services and improving the convenience and safety of public transportation.  It means having more affordable and varied housing for residents and providing more opportunities for social interaction.

The initiatives being addressed by each of the cities in this story are impressive and include programs such as safe street enhancement, time banking to enable older adults to swap services, age-friendly parks, mental health collaboratives, morning farmer’s markets and much, much more.

You can read the full story on AARP’s website.