AARP

The Livable Community

A livable community is one that has affordable and appropriate housing, supportive community features and services, and adequate mobility options, which together facilitate personal independence and the engagement of residents in civic and social life.

Housing —Communities should encourage stability by ensuring an adequate supply of diverse and affordable housing environments.

Community Engagement—Individuals who engage in the civic and social life of their communities are happier and healthier; transportation is the means by which they physically reach other people and activities in their communities.

Mobility—Policy makers should pay close attention to creating communities that connect good land use with transportation choices to produce environments for successful aging.