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Articles & Reports


Going Gray: How Aging Baby Boomers Will Challenge Suburbia

Part Three of this article is about three KC-area women.

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Universal Design in Parks - 2016 Report on Universal Design Charrettes in Blue Springs, Missouri, and Roeland Park, Kansas

Accessible public places and spaces are key features of communities for all ages. In 2016 KC Communities for All Ages, AARP Missouri, Blue Springs, Missouri, and Roeland Park, Kansas, worked together on a project to demonstrate how the built environment can be made more all-ages friendly through the application of universal design features in a park setting.

This report was produced on the process and outcomes of the Universal Design park charrette. For more information, contact Cathy Boyer-Shesol, Project Manager, KC Communities for All Ages.

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Economic Impact of an Aging Population report

The number of seniors in the Greater Kansas area will increase by 233,000 between 2010 and 2030, and the older adult workforce will nearly double. How will these changes affect the regional economy?

This report discusses the changing demographics of our region and ways to take advantage of the opportunites these changes create.

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Knight Soul of the City 2010 — Why People Love Where They Live and Why it Matters: A National Perspective

This report from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Gallup was conducted over three years in 26 cities across the United States where Knight Foundation is active. It was designed to find out what emotionally attaches people to a community — what makes them want to put down roots and build a life there.

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Caregiving Reports

  • Care for the Family Caregiver: A Place to Start is designed to give family caregivers an overview of the basic aspects and issues involved with caregiving.
  • The AARP Guide to Caregiving is a comprehensive e-manual that addresses everything from health, housing and legal matters to handling emotional transitions and caring for the caregiving. Please note: this manual is only available as an e-book and costs $2.99.
  • 5 Resources for Family Caregivers is an article from the National Council on Aging to help caregivers do their important job for their loved ones.
  • The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance released two reports on the important and often unrecognized role of family caregivers.
  • Understanding the Impact of Family Caregiving on Work, published October 2012 by the AARP Public Policy Institute, examines how the number of workers with eldercare responsibilities is on the rise. This fact sheet highlights research to better understand the impact of family caregiving on work, and how working caregivers can better manage their work and caregiving responsibilities.
  • Best Practices in Workplace Eldercare, a study conducted by The National Alliance for Caregiving for Respect a Caregiver's Time (ReACT), published in March 2012, identifies current trends and innovations in workplace policies and practices that support employees with eldercare responsibilities.
  • Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care, published October 2012 by the AARP Public Policy Institute, reveals the role of family caregivers has expanded to include performing medical/nursing tasks of the kind and complexity once only provided in hospitals. 

Housing Reports

Discussion Forum Reports


Retirement and Older Adult Workforce

  • Issue Brief: Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It by Alicia H. Munnell  (Center for Retirement Research at  Boston College)
    Falling Short provides a vivid picture of the coming retirement crisis and provides specific solutions that build on the existing retirement system. This concise guide is grounded in academic research, yet written in a highly accessible style for anyone concerned about the future of retirement. 
  • The Long Road Back: Struggling to Find Work after Unemployment by Gary Koenig, Lori Trawinski, and Sara Rix, AARP Public Policy Institute
    This Insight on the Issues summarizes the key results of a survey that examines how unemployment has affected people ages 45 to 70 over the past five years. The primary focus of this report is on the re-employed — the people who managed to find jobs — their job search strategies and the quality of the jobs they found.