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June 28, 2012IA |  By: Grady

Iowa Communities

Iowa is one of four states where discussions are being held with policymakers, planners and architects, city and county leaders and business leaders, to promote the idea of making all communities what is being called "age-friendly."

Iowa Governor Branstad, along with Nancy LeaMond, an AARP executive vice president, were at Wednesday’s roundtable forum at the Renaissance Savory Hotel in Des Moines. LeaMond says making a community "age-friendly" doesn't just mean making accommodations for older residents.

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She says time is getting short to make the changes that are needed to make Iowa communities more livable for baby boomers in the coming years.

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With most cities' declining revenues and increasing demands for services, LeaMond says it will take creativity to find and adopt “age-friendly” ideas and designs – but she thinks it can be done. Similar forums are planned later this year for Sacramento, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.