Goal: Meet the Housing Needs of Older AdultsAARP logo
Role: Improve Access to Social Services and Transportation Options

Many older adults are able to live independently at home but still need modest levels of assistance from social service agencies to maintain and improve their quality of life. This section describes a number of models that have been developed to offer services to older adults in their homes or in centralized, off-site locations near their communities.

This section also focuses on strategies for improving transportation access for older adults. Older adults that cannot or choose not to drive should nevertheless be able to run errands, visit family and friends, and keep appointments. Accessible and affordable public transit options, as well as alternative programs where public transit is not available, can give older adults the opportunity to remain independent and active in their community. Another, complementary, approach is to preserve and expand the availability of homes near public transit and essential services.

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Connect existing homes
social services
Strategies that coordinate housing and social services allow older adults that require modest levels of assistance to age in place.

Provide affordable and accessible transportation options
Affordable, accessible transportation options give older adults the mobility they need to age independently and autonomously.

Photo credits (L to R): McCormack House, St. Louis MO -- courtesy of McCormack Baron Salazar; Gresham OR -- courtesy of www.pedbikeimages.org/Dan Burden