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Road to Livability: 2012 AARP Livable Communities Survey of Southern Oregon Registered Voters Ages 50+

Southern Oregon 50+ registered voters have lived in their community for many years and believe their community is a good place for people as they age.

Key findings include:

  • 43% have lived in their community for 21 years or more
  • 88% rate their community as an excellent, very good or good place for people to live as they age

However, 50+ Southern Oregon voters perceive gaps in important community features. The largest gaps  include:

  • An adequate supply of affordable housing and variety of housing options (-67%) 
  • Good job opportunities (-66%)
  • Ways to connect older and younger people in the community (-61%)
  • Wellness programs for older adults (-45%)
  • A variety of services to help you maintain your independence as you age (-39%)
  • Dependable public transportation (-35%)

Southern Oregon 50+ voters also believe there are gaps in important services that allow people to remain in their homes and communities as they age. The largest gaps include:  

  • A service that helps low-income or older persons with home repairs (-71%)
  • Outdoor maintenance services (-58%)
  •  Respite care (getting a break from caregiving duties) (-55%)
  • Adult day care centers (-52%)

AARP commissioned a mail survey on the topic of livable communities of 7,000 registered voters age 50+ living in two counties in Southern Oregon—Jackson and Josephine Counties. There were an additional three communities within Jackson County that were oversampled—Medford, Ashland and Central Point and one additional community oversampled in Josephine County—Grants Pass. The survey was fielded from November 6th through December 17th; the weighted number of responses was 1,434. For more information, contact Erin Pinkus at 202-434-6362.

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