(Re-)Visiting Bryant Park

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If you find yourself in NYC during the holiday season, make sure to spend time at the lovely Bryant Park. You can experience the Winter Village  and enjoy ice skating, shopping, eating treats.  Special items can be purchased for holiday gifts for friends and family, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the park. Wherever […]

Community Comes together to Provide Enabling Ramps

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This post is written by guest blogger Accessibility Advisory Coordinator Steve Murphy. Ramp It Up! Since 2005, the Province of Ontario (Canada’s largest), has been working to comply with the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005). The goal of this legislation is to make Ontario fully accessible by 2025 in the […]

Transportation for Seniors – We’re Going Places #2

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Guest blogger Alex Iselin explores specific tech-based transportation options for seniors Part 2 of a 3-part series Like their younger counterparts, seniors have transportation needs. They need the grocery and other stores, they need time with friends, they need medical care – just to begin the list. Notably, 79% of individuals age 65 and older […]

Transportation for Seniors – We’re Going Places #1

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Guest blogger Alex Iselin provides an important lens through which to view transportation for older adults. Part 1 of a 3-part series Ride-sharing services and other transportation options certainly afford non-driving seniors a sense of independence. A senior may not be able to drive anymore, but she can still get around. But I believe that […]

Increased Housing Choices and Independence for Persons with Disabilities

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Introducing the Monroe Housing Collaborative Thanks to Janet Dreitlin, Community Housing Liaison for this piece. Congregate living situations or group homes are no longer the only living situations available to people with developmental or acquired disabilities, nor is it their primary choice. Individuals with disabilities are interested in options such as owning a home, living […]

A Successful Downtown District: Develop your Central SOCIAL District

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You may be aware of your Central Business District, but how is your community’s Central Social District faring? As malls are dying and people are increasingly digitally connected, downtown social districts are resurrecting some of the needs previously addressed by the town square and vibrant town centers decades and centuries ago. In a webinar for […]

Universal Design Safe Score from Universal Design Partners

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Did you know the average age of a home in the US is 39 years old? As many of us know, a majority of the current housing stock is not made to accommodate people with varying abilities, and there are many details to consider. Homes built over 40 years ago were not constructed with the […]

Summit Helps Region Address Housing Issues

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On June 19, Networks Northwest hosted a Regional Housing Summit to explore key issues faced by communities.  The overarching issue was the lack of workforce housing, brought to light by ongoing feedback from the region’s communities, as well as studies conducted by Networks Northwest. Networks Northwest (formerly the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments) is an […]

AARP Launches Livability Index at APA

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Age-Friendly Communities For the past several years, AARP has been supporting U.S. communities to meet the WHO’s Age-Friendly Communities Initiative via their Livable Communities/Age-Friendly Communities program.  There are countless resources available on the AARP website to support communities interested in developing and implementing an Age-Friendly plan.  In addition, AARP representatives in each state can provide guidance and information at […]