Growing Smarter, Living Healthier: A Guide to Smart Growth and Active Aging


1. Staying Active, Connected, and Engaged
Where and how we choose to live can affect our health and well-being

2. Development and Housing
Healthy neighborhoods offer diverse housing choices, gathering places, and ways to connect

3. Transportation and Mobility
We can build choice back into our transportation system — and make it easier for people of all ages to get around

4. Staying Healthy
Finding healthy food, keeping active, and getting help when you need it can be easier in an age-friendly community

5. Conclusion: Next Steps
How you can get involved and act

Links to more details and strategies

Community Self-Assessment

This guidebook is intended for older adults who are interested in how our communities work and how we might help them become more ‘age-friendly.’ Many of us have longed for the kind of age-friendly neighborhood that has different types of homes for people at different stages of life; walking paths and public transit to make it easy to get around without a car; and parks, shops, services, and homes that are closer together. Older adults are finding that by designing new neighborhoods differently — as well as redeveloping existing neighborhoods and roadways — we can make places that are healthier for ourselves, our neighbors, and the environment.

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