If you haven’t seen much yet about “age friendly” communities, you will. Starting next year, 10,000 Baby Boomers a day will turn 65. The cumulative impact of an aging society has moved — slowly, to be sure — into the mainstream. What’s clear at this point is that there is no single model for making a city, suburb, or even neighborhood age friendly. Even the priorities in pursuing such an objective differ greatly.
What doesn’t differ so much are the things older residents say would make their community more age friendly: housing that better accommodates older occupants and visitors; public and volunteered transportation that provides affordable, physically accessible, safe. and flexible service; downtown areas and, especially in the suburbs, gathering places that are pedestrian friendly and don’t require a car to reach; retailers who “get it” about legible store signage, senior sensitivity in product selections, and accessible store layouts, and, a range of “aging in place” healthcare and social-service supports that help older people lead independent lives and remain in their homes as long as possible. continue reading>>