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Beverly, Massachusetts, older residents, aging, needs assessments


Demography, Population, and Ecology | Gerontology | Public Administration


This report describes research undertaken by the Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging within the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston, on behalf of the Beverly Council on Aging and Senior Community Center (hereto referred to as the Beverly Senior Center), to investigate the needs, interests, preferences, and opinions of Beverly’s population of residents who are age 60 and older. The contents of this report are meant to inform the Beverly Senior Center, and organizations that work with and on behalf of older residents of Beverly, for the purposes of planning and coordination of services, but also to build awareness about issues facing the City of Beverly.

Data for the study were drawn from several sources, including publicly available information obtained through the U.S. Census Bureau and data collected expressly for this study. Primary data collection included:

  • Two focus groups including residents and representatives of local nonprofit organizations and City Departments.
  • Five key-informant interviews with City officials, including the Chiefs of Beverly Police and Fire Departments
  • A resident survey distributed to a sample of 3,000 residents age 60 and older, based on the most recent City Census list. The survey was mailed in October 2017 and was also made available online. A total of 806 responses were received.


Commissioned by the Beverly Council on Aging & Senior Community Center.

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //



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