Nearly 9 in 10 Maryland AARP members think it is important for the state of Maryland to make staying in their home/community easier when they need long-term care, and over half feel it is important to be able to remain engaged in the community, and that it is the State’s job to make this easier. Therefore, this study was conducted by AARP Maryland to determine the livability issues, concerns, and needs of current members living in the Maryland area, in order to make the aging in place process easier.
The survey reflected the views of 823,000+ AARP members (50+) on legislative issues, specific to livable communities, that were important to AARP Maryland members, including affordable living and high quality services, low crime, public transportation, aging in place, and community engagement. Overall, respondents felt that it was extremely or very important that the communities they live in have low crime rates, affordable housing and cost of living, and a variety of housing options. Other areas of importance to AARP Maryland members were proximity to quality doctors, shopping, and services. Additionally, convenient and reliable transportation is extremely or very important to a majority of respondents, and they feel that it is important for the state to make access to transportation services easier.
How to Use
This survey provides local officials and planners with information on the key livable community features and services of interest to the aging population. Additionally, this survey serves as a great case study for other communities looking to determine the livability of their community from the standpoint of the aging population.
View full report: Maryland Legislative Issues Survey – 2005 (PDF – 184 KB)