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You might be more familiar with a different term, such as “livable communities,” “complete streets,” or even “Communities for a Lifetime”, however, they all have the same goal, to successfully prepare our communities so citizens of every age can enjoy and have safe access to all the different modes of transportation.

Florida's Safe Mobility for Life Coalition uses the term, "Aging in Place" and defines it as: "Living in a community with some level of independence in a residence of your choice. This includes having access to services that are needed day to day, while maintaining your independence and quality of life."

Our Coalition established Aging in Place as one of our ten emphasis areas in Florida's Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan and are developing resources or providing information to help us meet the following objectives:

  • To increase the number of livable communities in Florida
  • To improve the transportation environment to better accommodate the safety, access, and mobility of aging road users

Working together to address and meet these objectives will help our Coalition meet the overall goal of the Aging in Place Emphasis Area, that is to "promote and encourage practices that support and enhance aging in place".

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To help you find out whether a community has features and services that are important to you to help remain independent, mobile, and active, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition developed a How to Choose Your Lifelong Community Checklist! The checklist is interactive and includes features and services in four areas:

  • Community Design
  • Getting Around
  • Street Safety and Security
  • Neighborhood Support Services

By completing the checklist, you will learn if your community meets your safety and mobility needs to help you successfully age in place! You can download a PDF version of the checklist by clicking the image to the right. To receive a printed version of the checklist by mail, please contact our Safe Mobility for Life Resource Center:

Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy
Safe Mobility for Life Resource Center
636 West Call Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Email: safe-mobility-for-life@fsu.edu
Phone: 850-644-8426

* Please allow 5-8 business days to receive your Checklist in the mail

Community Design

AARP Florida's Age Friendly Communities have met the standards to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Some of the AARP Florida's Age Friendly Communities include:

  • Town of Cutler BayAARP Image Age Friendly Communities
  • City of Hallandale Beach
  • Village of Pinecrest
  • Sarasota County
  • City of St. Petersburg
  • City of Tallahassee
  • City of Winter Haven

The Community Transportation Association (CTAA) is a public and community transportation advocate and offers a senior transportation toolkit on their website.

AARP's Office of Public Policy published a report that describes specialized transportation; highlights promising practices; and offers policy options for improving these services. This report recommends that policymakers take steps to strengthen coordinated planning, increase support for mobility management, and improve data collection and reporting on these services. Click here to download the Policy Options to Improve Specialized Transportation report.


Developing livable communities for all ages is the focus of the Partners for Livable Communities Aging In Place Initiative.

The CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator (CHI Navigator) is a website for people who lead or participate in CHI work within hospitals and health systems, public health agencies, and other community organizations. It is a one-stop-shop that offers community stakeholders expert-vetted tools and resources.  Community health improvement (CHI) is a process to identify and address the health needs of communities. 

Complete Streets

Complete Streets policies—including laws, resolutions, executive orders, policies, and planning and design documents—encourage and provide safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, ethnicity, or how they travel. The Coalition evaluates policies based on 10 policy elements, including the policy’s vision, the project types included, and next steps for implementation, among others, and these policies are some of the strongest and most effective ever passed.  View the National Complete Streets Coalition's efforts to improve mobility for older Americans, and the efforts related specifically to Florida at https://smartgrowthamerica.org/search/florida/.

FDOT is making major strides toward improving pedestrian and bicycle safety through its Complete Streets Implementation initiative. One of FDOT’s most innovative achievements has been the recent adoption of eight context classifications to guide road design decisions. While the concept of context classification is not new, FDOT is one of the first states to operationalize it within formal decision-making processes.

Nationwide, a total of 1,232 policies are now in place, in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, including 33 state governments, 77 regional planning organizations, and 955 individual municipalities. Among them are the following Florida communities:

  • Cape Coral
  • Longwood
  • Naples
  • Orlando
  • St. Petersburg

The Partnership for Active Transportation  is a collaboration of organizations working to promote greater investment in creating safe trail, walking and bicycling networks for all, and facilitating greater physical activity through active transportation.

The Case for Age-Friendly Communities is a report developed by the Portland State  University Institute on Aging examining economic, social, and physical environment improvements that maximize the asset of an aging population while benefiting all age groups.

Communities for a Lifetime

The Department of Elder Affairs' (DOEA) Communities for a Lifetime is a statewide initiative that assists Florida cities, towns and counties in planning and implementing improvements that benefit their residents, both youth and elder. This initiative focuses on housing, health/wellness, injury prevention, and transportation and mobility. 

Finding an Aging in Place Community

Do you need help finding an aging in place community here in Florida? You can start by looking at these communities that have made a commitment to supporting the aging in place concept.