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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
Dec. 8, 2011

Aging in Place

Older Americans would like to be in their homes for the holidays, and beyond. 

As more and more baby boomers reach retirement, states are developing practical solutions to transportation and housing issues that help seniors remain in their homes as they age. Thursday, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Policy Specialist Douglas Shinkle will be participating in an AARP forum to discuss these challenges and provide insight into the key findings of his report, “Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices.”

In his report, which was published jointly by NCSL and the AARP Public Policy Institute, Shinkle highlights the “graying of America” and explores how states are addressing aging issues with innovative land use, transportation and housing policies. Specifically, Shinkle examines states that have integrated land use and transportation policies to promote pedestrian safety and instituted housing policies to increase affordable, accessible housing for seniors.

The forum, “Practical Solutions for Aging in Place: State Policies and Practices That Work,” is being held Dec. 8 at the AARP Brickfield Conference Center, and will feature a broad swath of experts. The event is part of the AARP’s Solutions Forums program.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.