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September 9, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Making D.C. a more age-friendly place

With a growing portion of the D.C. population classifying as older adults, a new report focuses on how the city can do more to address the transportation needs of aging residents and help them to age in place. The report by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, with support from The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, and the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, looks at the areas of pedestrian safety, public transit and alternative transit options for seniors. (GGW, 9/9)

Baby boomers in DC, who are an estimated 17 percent of the District of Columbia’s population, represent a growing older cohort. Both their presence and well being are important to sustaining vibrant and inclusive neighborhoods. The potential contributions to our neighborhoods by older residents are undermined without forward-thinking planning to address the growing and unique needs of our oldest residents.

HOUSING | When taking into account housing expenditures – including rent/mortgage, furnishings/equipment, housekeeping supplies, and household operation costs and utilities – the Washington area’s housing costs are the highest in America, according to a recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though residents in the region don’t pay the most in the nation for rent or mortgage, the other costs help to put Washington on top of the list. (WCP, 9/8)

[…] in aggregate, Washingtonian (and nearby suburbanite) households spent an average of $17,603 on housing costs in 2012, beating out (or losing to, really) every other metropolitan area that the BLS looked at. D.C.-area expenses were nearly twice those in Cleveland, which sits at the bottom of the list.

NONPROFITS | President Tamara Copeland shares why she’ll be lacing up her walking shoes next spring to walk 60 miles in three days. (Daily, 9/9)

EDUCATION | Nearly four out of five families who voluntarily participated in truancy-prevention programs saw an increase in their child’s school attendance, a new study has found. A large majority of the families that participated did not need to be referred to the program the following school year. (WTOP, 9/9)

DISTRICT | In the first open debate on a state measure since 1993, a Senate committee will hold a hearing on a bill that would grant D.C. statehood. (WAMU, 9/8)

**REMINDER | WRAG’s Brightest Minds event featuring Rachel Goslins on the transformative power of the arts, previously scheduled for tomorrow, has been canceled. For more information, contact Rebekah Seder,**

In case you missed the third and final supermoon of 2014 like I did, it was gorgeous according to these photos.

– Ciara

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