Livable Community Indicators for Sustainble Aging in Place
MetLife Mature Market Institute, March 2013
Communities in the U.S. can follow a relatively simple and low cost initial set of indicators to determine if their services meet the needs of an aging population. These indicators can be measured using information that is readily available and adaptable to local governments, providing a low-cost way for local governments to begin to examine the specific needs of their aging populations.
According to the study, Livable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place, from the MetLife Mature Market Institute and the Stanford Center on Longevity, the best communities for people transitioning into the older age group are those that offer accessible and affordable housing options, transportation, walkability, safe neighborhoods, emergency preparedness and support services like health care, retail outlets and social integration.
The study was produced as a follow-up to the Mature Market Institute’s previous work in this area, Aging in Place 2.0, the Aging in Place Workbook and Housing Trends Update for the 55+ Market (with the National Association of Home Builders).