Westborough, Massachusetts, needs assessment, older residents
This report describes research undertaken by the Center for Social & Demographic Research on Aging (CSDRA) within the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston, on behalf of the Town of Westborough. The goals of this project were to investigate the needs, interests, preferences, and opinions of Westborough’s residents age 55 or older by engaging the community regarding their experiences and needs relevant to the Council on Aging’s (COA’s) objective to identify and serve the needs of all Westborough citizens 55 and older. The contents of this report are meant to inform the Town of Westborough, the Westborough COA, Senior Center, and organizations that work with and on behalf of older residents of Westborough for the purposes of COA mission fulfillment alongside planning and coordination of services for current and future needs of residents. The report will also help to build awareness about issues facing Westborough among community members at large.
A broad range of findings are reported in this document, highlighting the many positive features of Westborough as well as concerns expressed by older residents. While many of our findings, and the recommendations that follow, intersect with the scope of responsibility of the Westborough Council on Aging, it is understood that responding to many needs and concerns expressed in the community will require the involvement of other municipal offices or community stakeholders, and some will require substantial collaborative effort.
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Somerville, Ceara; Coyle, Caitlin; Krebs, Mary; and Stockdale, Holly, "Aging in Westborough: A Community Needs Assessment" (2023). Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging Publications. 76.