Chapter 9 Introduction

A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources:

  • enhance personal independence;
  • allow residents to remain in their homes and communities as they age; and
  • foster residents’ engagement in the community’s civic, economic, and social life.

Communities can be designed to promote physical independence, dignity, and opportunities for community engagement and choice as the population ages. But proper planning is needed. People of varying physical abilities can live more independent and meaningful lives through innovative design and modifications. Technological advances also have a significant impact. Accessibility features, types of activities, facilities, housing, road design, walkability, transportation, and supportive services all affect whether and for how long people can remain in their community as they age.