By 2030, more than one in three Floridians will be age 60 and older.
Studies have found that most older Americans want to “age in place,” staying in their homes and communities as long as possible.
To support this desire, Florida’s communities are beginning to address housing, land use, transportation and other community design issues to allow older residents to remain independent in smaller homes and apartments that are accessible to doctors, shops, and social interaction.
Not only are these communities supportive of older adults, but they can improve the quality of life for kids and all residents who want to live in walkable, livable communities.
Communities for a lifetime – The Florida Department of Elder Affairs and AARP have joined forces to develop useful information on aging and community design in Florida. Be sure to check out the AARP livability fact sheets.
Florida state plan on aging, 2013-2016 — By 2030, approximately 41 percent of Florida’s population will be age 60 and older. This outlines the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ plan for addressing the needs of Florida’s older residents. Also check out Florida state plan on aging, 2009-2011.
Blueprint: Communities for a lifetime (2007) – Prepared by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, this publication includes a series of questions related to housing, transportation, health and wellness and other questions communities should be asking.
Blueprint for affordable elder housing(part I)(part II) (2009) – 1000 Friends Affordable Housing Director Jaimie Ross prepared this on behalf of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs to address issues related to affordable elder housing in Florida.
National reports and links:
AARP livability resources — This webpage focuses on resources to promote walkable, livable communities for people of every age.
The maturing of America: Getting communities on track for an aging population – By 2030, 71.5 million Americans will be over 65, twice the number in 2000, and a quarter of all licensed drivers will be over the age of 65. In this report, MetLife Foundation offers recommendations on designing communities to meet the needs of an aging population.
Aging in place: Stuck without options (2011) – Transportation for American ranks metro areas by the percentage of seniors with poor access to public transportation and presents other data on aging and transportation.
Planning complete streets for an aging america (2009) – In this report, AARP describes how America needs streets designed to be safe and convenient for travel by automobile, foot, bicycle and transit regardless of age or ability.
Aging Americans: Stranded without options (2004) – In this report, the Surface Transportation Policy Project finds that the United States is currently ill prepared to provide adequate transportation choices for our rapidly aging population.
Aging in place: A state survey of livability policies and practices – This series of reports by AARP identify land use, transportation, housing and other measures that can help older adults age in place.
A Blueprint for action: Developing a livable community for all ages – The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging prepared this guide, which offers information on the key challenges, a toolbox of action steps (including planning, housing and transportation strategies), resources and more to assist with aging in place.