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Research Report

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Belchertown, Massachusetts, senior needs, needs assessment


Gerontology | Public Administration | Public Policy


This report describes research undertaken by the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging within the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston, on behalf of the Belchertown Council on Aging, to investigate the needs, interests, preferences, and opinions of Belchertown’s mature population. The focus of this report is on two broad cohorts of Belchertown residents—those aged 60 and older, referred to here as “seniors” or “older adults,” and those age 50-59, who will be aging into the “senior” age range over the coming decade. The contents of this report are meant to inform the Town of Belchertown, the Belchertown Council on Aging and Senior Center, and organizations that work with and on behalf of older residents in Belchertown, for the purposes of planning and coordination of services. The report will also help to build awareness about issues facing Belchertown among community members at large.


Commissioned by the Town of Belchertown Council on Aging

Community Engaged/Serving

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



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