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Maintaining Independence and Quality of Life: A Livable Community Survey in Indianapolis, Indiana – 2011


Indianapolis residents 50+ regard their community as a great place to live as they age, with 81 percent saying it is important for them to stay in their community and current home for as long as possible. AARP Indiana conducted this survey in 2011 to determine the livability of Indianapolis for the aging demographic.

Key Points

AARP Indiana conducted this study to understand better the people 50+ living in Indianapolis and their reasons for considering to age in place in their current community. A total of 560 respondents completed the mail survey that strove to identify community satisfaction, top community features and services, key sources of information, transportation patterns, and gaps between needs and services.

Key survey findings:

  1. Top neighborhood features of importance were safe neighborhoods, well-designed and maintained streets, and services to help people maintain independence.
  2. Most important neighborhood services included home repair services for low-income or older adults, home health aide or visiting nurse and transportation services.
  3. Top information services for community services are family members or friends, doctors or other health professional, and the phone book.
  4. The largest gap in features between what is important to residents and what exists in communities are sidewalks, a variety of housing options for people with different physical abilities, and a wide variety of services to help residents maintain independence. The biggest gap in services is a service that helps low-income or older people with home repairs.
  5. Over half of respondents were somewhat satisfied or not very satisfied with the safety of community streets for pedestrians and bicyclists.

How to Use

This survey provides city planners and local government officials planning information for an aging population by outlining the key livable community features and services of interest to the aging population, along with gaps for successful community planning. Additionally, this survey provides a great resource and case study for other communities looking to determine the livability needs of an aging population.

View full report: Maintaining Independence and Quality of Life: A Livable Community Survey in Indianapolis, Indiana – 2011 (PDF – 213 KB)

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