AARP

Community Engagement

One defining characteristic of a livable community is the high level of engagement of its residents with one another and with the life of the community itself.

Successful Aging—Community engagement comprises a wide range of activities, including social encounters with neighbors, volunteering, and participation in community planning and political activities, all of which link a person with his or her community.

Quality of Life—Community engagement is especially important for older adults because it can result in useful and well-defined roles that provide meaning and a sense of purpose, involve them in relationships that can offer them social support, and provide a source of cognitive stimulation.

Visitability—Simple changes to your home can make for “easy living.”  They can help meet your changing needs and make life easier for visitors to your home—from grandchildren to adult children and friends.