Arlington, Massachusetts, needs assessment, action plan, age-friendly, dementia-friendly
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 Arlington and the Arlington Council on Aging. This plan was created uniquely for Arlington, with input from residents, community partners, local businesses, government leaders and aging experts. Surveys were conducted, focus groups were held and feedback was collected both pre and post-pandemic to create a plan that reflects the dynamic environment that we are all living in. Using collected data, survey results, feedback and input, this plan was written by the expert team at the University of Massachusetts Boston Gerontology Institute.
The Council on Aging intends to distribute this plan to a broad scope of community partners, local businesses and decision makers in Arlington. We believe that prioritizing this plan will advance relevant projects that will have demonstrable impacts on how older adults live in Arlington. We are grateful to all those who took the time and effort to participate in the surveys and focus groups while input was being collected. Residents aged 60 and older make up the fastest growing segment of our population. Arlington seniors are especially vibrant, leading active lives and advocating in our community like never before. The priorities exemplified by the Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly designations reflect some of Arlington’s core values.
The goals in this plan serve to inspire all our residents, regardless of age or ability. It not only represents our shared values but also our shared optimism for a brighter future.
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Coyle, Caitlin and Rouleau, Beth. 2021. Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging Publications.