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the future of aging

A livable community serves all ages
BY DANIELLE ARIGONI

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Age Friendly Festival - Sarasota, FL. (Photo courtesy of Age Friendly Sarasota and AARP.)

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s individuals, as families, as a nation ... we are all aging.
Today, an estimated 45 million Americans are 65 or
older. By 2030, 73 million Americans - fully one in five
Americans - will be 65-plus. And just a few years later, in 2035,
the United States will pass a tipping point when, for the first time
ever, the nation's population will consist of more adults older than
65 than children under 18.
A change of this magnitude will bring challenges, but it will

11 GRAND

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2018

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"How can your community
be more livable?"

also offer opportunity and promise. Unlike in the past, today's
generations of older adults are disrupting aging by redefining
what it means to be in one's 50s, 60s, 70s and so on. Rather than
retiring, older adults are starting businesses, they're working as

high-level volunteers, and they're driving local decision-making
through their involvement and activism.
As the director of AARP Livable Communities, a nationwide,
locally-implemented initiative of AARP, I'm seeing how changing
demographics and attitudes can make entire communities better
- for all people of all ages. I'm seeing how, when older adults are
brought to the table to discuss and answer questions (such as,
"How can this community be more livable?"), the creative ideas
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