Aging and Livable Communities
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Planning Aging-Supportive Communities (2015 | PAS Report 579)
- Policy Guide: Aging in Community (2014)
- APA National Planning Conference, Atlanta 2014: Planning Communities for a Lifetime Facilitated Discussion
- In 2012, AICP presented the 2012 AICP Symposium entitled Aging in Place: Planning's Role and Responsibilities.
- APA partnered with N4A and many other organizations on the Maturing of America II survey in 2010-2011.
Reports, Articles, and Publications
Generations United, from the MetLife Foundation, has developed a toolkit — Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages (2015) — that includes planning tips with examples from successful communities across the United States, inspiring stories from award-winning communities, and more.