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Aging Well in Communities: A Toolkit for Planning, Engagement and Action

Overview

Ten thousand Boomers started turning 65 yearsold on January 1, 2012andthis will not stop for the next 20 years. The overwhelming majority of this 65+ age group wants to age in place. The Center for Civic Partnerships has put together a toolkit that can help local government leaders searching for practical resources to plan for an older population.

Key Points

Overall, the toolkit is designed to expedite the process of community planning research and input so that people of all ages are connected and served well. It is broken down into a community planning overview, easy to follow guides for implementing resident surveys, public forums and focus groups, case studies, and a resource list. The case studies range across a variety of community planning initiatives including transit, learning opportunities, employment opportunities, and neighborhood vitality and revenue. There are seven total and each is worth examination for the local government planner. For example, the Resident Survey category provides a rationale for conducting resident surveys and a step-by-step process guiding the planner from developing the scope of the survey to the evaluation process.

How to Use

The toolkit provides practical ways to figure out what community residents’ want as they age. Gaining local insight and garnering local support is crucial to good planning. Planners desiring to begin the process of community research for the purpose of better planning should utilize the information provided in this toolkit.

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