Planning Livable Communities for All Ages

An international coalition of planners, led by the APA and AARP, has launched a conversation on how to best advance planning for all ages.

Nov 14, 2017 | BLOG POST

We would like to invite ICMA members who indicated an interest in planning to participate in the Planning Livable Communities for All Ages Survey sponsored by APA and AARP. This research effort aims at learning how best to engage planners and local leaders around the world in meeting the needs of the aging population. The worldwide proportion of residents aged 60-plus will increase from 12% to 22% between 2015-2050.  Planning professionals envision the form and future growth of communities and are therefore vital to making communities livable for rapidly aging populations.  

We ask ALL PLANNERS (e.g., city/town/regional/transportation) to participate in this international research effort. The quick survey is accessible through or

APA and AARP also created a relevant session for World Town Planning Day. The webinar presents an international approach to planning livable communities for ALL ages, shares lessons from research among planners and aging professionals—in the U.S. and overseas, and offers opportunities for planners around the world to learn from and contribute to this important conversation.

The survey and webinar will be open through November 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie K. Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP:; @firekrone

Tim Van Epp, Chair, International Division, American Planning Association:


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