A livable neighborhood provides resources that allow residents of the community to age in place, and fosters engagement in their neighborhood’s civic, economic and social life.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed eight domains that help influence the health and quality of life of older adults: housing, outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, neighborhood support and health services, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, and communication and information.
AARP Tennessee commissioned this livable communities survey of Montgomery County registered voters age 45 and older to better understand the needs of older adults with regards to being able to age in place. The neighborhood needs gap analysis was conducted to identify and prioritize areas of focus.
This survey finds that:
- Montgomery County registered voters age 45-plus have lived in their neighborhood for a long time and are likely to remain there as they get older
- Montgomery County registered voters age 45-plus own their homes and some say they need to make modifications to enable them to age in place
- Montgomery County registered voters age 45-plus mostly drive themselves to get around their neighborhood, and many believe it is important to have well-designed, safe streets that support all users.