What do older adults think about where they live, how they live, how they want to live?
AARP Research and AARP Livable Communities have worked together to develop a questionnaire, available in both English and Spanish, that can be adapted by communities to help assess available resources and what residents view as important for successfully aging in place.
Following are some sample questions:
1. How would you rate your community as a place for people to live as they age?
2. How important is it for you to remain in your community as you age?
3. Thinking about your retirement years when you do not work at all for pay, how likely is it that you will move to a different home within or outside of your current community?
The questions become more detailed as they focus on the following topics:
- Outdoor Spaces and Buildings
- Transportation and Streets
- Health and Wellness
- Social Participation, Inclusion and Education Opportunities
- Volunteering and Civic Engagement
For one example of how the survey can be adapted and used, see the AARP Research report "Livability for All: The 2014 Livable Communities Survey of Honolulu, Hawaii, Adults."