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AARP Community Survey of Residents Age 45-Plus in Newport, Vermont

Newport, Vermont, joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities in 2013.

The report "Successful Aging in Newport: The 2014 Community Survey of Residents Age 45+ in Newport, Vermont" explores the opinions of Newport residents age 45 and older about both aging in place and how engaged they feel in their community's civic, economic and social life.

KEY FINDINGS

Newport residents age 45-plus have lived in Orleans County and their town for a long time and are likely to remain there as they get older.

  • 59% have lived in Orleans County for at least 45 years and 51% have lived in their current town for at least 25 years

  • 37% say it is extremely or very important to stay in their town as they age

  • 69% say they are not very or not at all likely to move outside of Orleans County when they retire and stop working completely

In addition, the majority of Newport residents age 45-plus:

  • own their homes and say having home repair contractors who are trustworthy, affordable, and do quality work is the most important housing feature in their town

  • say it is important to have outdoor spaces and buildings in their neighborhood that allow access for people of different physical abilities

  • mostly drive themselves to get around their town, and many believe it is important to have well-maintained, safe streets that support all users

  • want to stay healthy and therefore believe having good health care facilities, services, and providers is important

  • want to have social  and volunteer activities in their town

  • will work for as long as possible and believe it is important to have community supports that will enable them to do so

  • would turn to the Area Agency on Aging or family and friends for information on older adult services.

INFOGRAPHICS

To visually explain and present the survey's findings, AARP Research has created the following downloadable "infographic" PDFs:

The survey was fielded from October 31 through November 24, 2014, and exactly 328 usable surveys from Newport were returned by the cut-off date. The sample was weighted by age and gender to reflect the actual distribution of Orleans County residents age 45-plus and the weighted number of responses is also 696. A report on the larger area of Orleans County is also available. For more information, contact Joanne Binette at JBinette@aarp.org.

Research published April 2015


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