Sherborn, Massachusetts, needs assessment, older residents
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 Sherborn Council on Aging. The goals of this project were to investigate the needs, interests, preferences, and opinions of Sherborn’s population of residents who are age 55 and older. The content of this report is meant to inform the Sherborn Council on Aging, and organizations that work with and on behalf of older residents of Sherborn, for the purposes of planning and coordination of services, but also to build awareness about issues facing Sherborn older residents.
Sustained growth in the percentage of older Sherborn residents, compared to the full Sherborn population, is expected within the next decade. The overarching observation – that the share of older residents of Sherborn is already large and will continue to expand – makes clear the importance of considering how well features of the Town, the services and amenities available, and virtually every aspect of the community align with the age demographic moving forward. Planning is especially warranted with respect to the Council on Aging, which may be heavily impacted by aging of Sherborn residents.
In preparing for this demographic shift, the Sherborn COA and the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging at the University of Massachusetts Boston partnered to conduct a study to investigate the needs, interests, preferences, and opinions of the Town’s residents age 55 and older.
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Berger, Sue and Coyle, Caitlin, "Aging in Sherborn: A Community Needs Assessment" (2022). Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging Publications. 85.