An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the communities in which they live need to strive to be more age-friendly. According to a national survey by AARP, Oregon Public Radio and Portland State University’s Institute on Aging, 81 percent feel that is important for their communities to work toward becoming more age-friendly. Among age groups, respondents over the age of 75 are more likely (91 percent) to feel this way.
Survey respondents across age groups generally identified the same three areas as the most important factors for age-friendliness. Housing was most important for 25 percent, health services was tops for 24 percent and employment and the economy were top-ranked by 21 percent.
You can read the full results from the survey here.
In Minnesota, at least 60,000 residents will turn 65 this year and every year through 2030. The rapidly growing senior population is going to impact communities and touch nearly everyone across our state. Learn more about how you can get involved to help Minnesota face aging.