Weston, 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 Weston Council on Aging, to investigate the needs, interests, preferences, and opinions of Weston’s population of residents who are age 55 and older. The contents of this report are meant to inform the Weston Council on Aging, and organizations that work with and on behalf of older residents of Weston, for the purposes of planning and coordination of services, but also to build awareness about issues facing the Town of Weston.
A key finding of this report points to the substantial increase in the number of older adults expected to live in Weston in the coming decades. Projections suggest that growth in the number of residents age 60 and older will outpace that of younger segments of the population. Currently, many older residents benefit from the programs and services offered through the Weston Council on Aging, designed to address age-related needs and prolong independence in the community. As a municipal entity, Weston’s Council on Aging is an important and valued resource, operating as the Town’s central point of contact for older residents who seek programs and services to promote healthy aging and fulfilling lives. Growth of the older adult population, therefore, has special significance for the Council on Aging, and increasing demand for its services and programs can be expected moving forward.
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Berger, Sue; Coyle, Caitlin; Mutchler, Jan; and Velasco, Nidya, "Aging in the Town of Weston: A community needs assessment" (2019). Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging Publications. 37.