From the May 2007 issue of Boomer Market Advisor • Subscribe!

10 U.S. communities with great boomer ideas

In addition to legislation at the state level, cities across the country plan to address the needs of the exploding population of aging baby boomers. The following 10 communities are ahead of the curve and have implemented innovative ideas to respond to the rapid rise in boomer service demands:

  1. Stratham, N.H., modified its zoning ordinance to provide an "Affordable Senior Housing" zone, without minimum lot sizes, to encourage the development of smaller structures suitable for empty nesters.
  2. Buncombe County, N.C., launched the Mountain Mobility Senior Bus program to encourage public transportation usage among the county's growing population of older adults.
  3. Mansfield, Mass., maintains emergency medical information files for every senior, as well as an Alzheimer's tracking system.
  4. Fairfax County, Va., reorganized its home care service delivery system to a cluster care model, aligning services around Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities within the county's 400-square-mile radius.
  5. Laredo, Texas, provides seniors with smaller trash receptacles, upon request.
  6. Peachtree, Ga., is expanding and improving its multiuse paths to interconnect all city areas, so citizens can get from place to place without a car.
  7. Maumelle, Ark., created a Senior Services department to address seniors' transportation, educational, social, and recreational needs in a compassionate and efficient manner.
  8. Scottsdale, Ariz., has created a program that trains teens aged 14-18 to assist low-income seniors or disabled residents with home improvement projects.
  9. Reno, Nev., provides transportation and vouchers for low-income seniors to use at accredited farmers markets throughout the community. The city also educates seniors about healthy living choices, in both English and Spanish.
  10. Five Massachusetts towns (Rockport, Southborough, Newbury, Medway and Swampscott) have a tax reduction/tax work-off program for seniors who are community volunteers.

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