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Communities That Look Toward the Future of Aging Americans Fare Best

(Government Technology) [O]lder Americans are much more likely to vote. So as community leaders look for ways to provide older Americans with what they want and need, they can draw guidance from a recent national survey conducted by DHM Research in partnership with the Institute on Aging at Portland State University, Oregon Public Broadcasting and AARP-Oregon:
·         While nine in 10 Americans over age 75 feel it is important for their communities to work toward becoming more age-friendly, eight in 10 percent of adults of all ages agree with that sentiment. Among 10 choices, the top three that survey respondents identified for making a community age-friendly were housing (25 percent), health services (24 percent), and employment and the economy (21 percent).
·         When asked specifically about the most important strategies for supporting seniors and people with disabilities, topping the list for Americans of all ages, at 33 percent, was better alignment of housing, transportation and social needs. The next most popular strategies: providing more physical and mental health promotion and preventive services (25 percent) and better access to help and information including personal financial planning resources (18 percent).
None of these issues are new, of course; what's new is the increasing amount of attention being paid to them…
And it isn't just about older Americans. The development of age-friendly communities deserves the support of all ages, for one very important reason: We're all growing older. As Portland State's Margaret Neal and Alan DeLaTorre wrote in a report published in February, "What we do now to make our communities good places to grow up and grow old will yield returns not only for today's elders but also tomorrow's -- that is, for all of us."
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