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Marshfield, Massachusetts, senior residents, needs assessment


Gerontology | Public Policy


This report describes collaborative efforts undertaken by the Town of Marshfield Council on Aging (COA) and the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging (CSDRA), within the Gerontology Institute at the McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston. Beginning in Fall 2017, these organizations partnered to conduct a study to investigate the needs, interests, preferences, and opinions of the Town’s residents age 50+, and also of participants at the Marshfield COA/Senior Center. During this assessment, several approaches were utilized to compile information that could be used to plan and implement current and future services. We examined data from the U.S. Census Bureau and from projections generated by the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts, and by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to describe growth of the population in the past and changes that can be expected in the future. We developed and administered an online survey for Marshfield residents age 50 and older (referred to here as the online community survey), and developed another survey for Marshfield COA/Senior Center participants (the walk-in participant survey). In addition, we collected insights from Marshfield leadership, COA Board members, staff and volunteers.

Community Engaged/Serving

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



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