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Albuquerque, NM

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Engaging people in transportation options/safety

Description: This intergenerational project will launch a Safe Routes to School program by hiring community members to escort children on their walk to school.

Providence, RI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Engaging people in transportation options/safety

Description: To introduce older adult residents to ridehailing options, the Rhode Island College Foundation launched a workshop titled It's Uber Easy to Get a Lyft. More than 70 older adults from seven towns attended the workshops, which taught them how to download a smartphone app to hail rides. A majority of participants reported they gained confidence using the services following the training. Organizers hope this helps older adults retain mobility, even when they no longer feel comfortable driving themselves.

Salt Lake City, UT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Engaging people in transportation options/safety

Description: The Transit Together initiative invited residents at two low-income, older adult communities to use public transit to get to the grocery store. Over the course of three weeks, project organizers assisted groups of older adults -- including those with mobility issues -- as they navigated the Trax light rail system's routes and fare collection system. To help them run errands via transit, the County Aging and Adult Services office offered each participant a grocery caddy and a monthly senior transit pass. At the end of the program, 22 out of 32 participants reported they would use public transit in the future. In addition, several volunteer-resident pairs planned to continue making grocery trips together. Project organizers report that other service providers throughout Utah have since reached out to find out how they can implement similar educational programs in their communities.

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Stratford, CT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Trails

Description: To increase walkability, this project updated and digitized maps of 12 walking routes and installed four benches along the routes. The town hosted a kickoff event to encourage people of all ages to walk more often.

Fairfield, CT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: This museum will improve accessibility in its exhibit galleries to accommodate a wider array of visitors. Additions include closed-captioned videos, audio headsets, Spanish-language translation and large-print exhibit labels.

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