In Alabama, the percentage of the population age 60 and older is rising at a much faster rate than all other age groups. It is projected to double by 2025. This growth will present new opportunities and challenges to our community. Because of increased stress on resources for the elderly, especially the increasing number of frail and disabled older adults, innovative solutions will be required.
Over the past year, the Community Foundation worked with the AdvantAge Initiative to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of senior adults in our region. This statistically valid survey involved over 1,800 telephone interviews with people age 60 and over and helped to measure the “Age Friendliness” of the surrounding six-county area.
The data from the survey will help us to more fully understand the landscape of our aginig community. The information from this study will help to guide us in channeling resources to the most immediate needs and plan for future needs. The information will be available to all service providers to help them identify unexpected areas of need, develop strategic service delivery to the aging population and in their grant requests.
Detailed searchable data is available on some areas of the study, contact Kim Rogers for more information.
The Community Foundation is grateful for the support of our funders for this work, especially our Board, the Canterbury Beeson Fund and an anonymous donor. This report would not have been possible without the help of many individuals and community stakeholders.