What do residents think about where they live, how they live, how they want to live?
AARP Research and AARP Livable Communities have developed a questionnaire, available in both English and Spanish, that can be adapted by communities. The survey is designed to capture information consistent with the Eight Domains of Livability.
All NAFSC communities may access a pre-populated AARP Age-Friendly Survey upon request. While the survey is created electronically, communities can download and print hard copies to ensure responses from community members that might not have online access. A test link is available to view the survey — when using the test link, make sure to enter a zip-code that has the number 2 in it to move forward.
To get the most out of your survey, consider creating a demographic profile of your community.
Following are some sample questions:
- How would you rate your community as a place for people to live as they age?
- How important is it for you to remain in your community as you age?
- 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."