The Aging by Design Summit provides older adults and caregivers information needed to examine how they choose to live and to plan for the future. The Summit explores specific challenges facing our rapidly aging population and offers feasible, practical recommendations that should be useful to older adults and those who care for loved ones.
Over 440 participants attended the 2nd annual Summit and just under half (200) respondents completed a six question survey on housing designed to obtain information to help Cobb leadership plan for the future. This input will help to guide Cobb Senior Services’ strategic and 10 year master plan. Recipients were asked to complete this survey while thinking about their future situation and getting older. The survey was developed by Cobb Senior Services staff and distributed before the keynote session at the Summit. Participants were asked to complete the survey and turn it in to Summit volunteers for a chance to win a prize from a drawing at the end of the day.
The following closed ended questions were asked on the survey:
- Cobb County is a place where you could easily live throughout your lifetime.
- What is the greatest challenge to growing older in Cobb County?
- If you want (or needed) to move, what would you look for in your new home?
- I live close (within 5 miles) to affordable housing options that could support me and other family members as we age.
- Does the neighborhood in which you live have accessible public transportation within 1-3 miles?
- What is your zip code?
The Aging Summit gave participants the opportunity to imagine a future for Cobb County that supports lifelong community living. In response to the statement “Cobb County is a place where you could easily live throughout your lifetime” participants strongly agreed [68.50%] that Cobb is a place where they could live throughout their lives.
In addition participants were asked to choose what they believed to be the greatest challenge to growing older in Cobb County. The top issues were transportation, staying in their own home, and financial resources. Respondents strongly agreed [31.50] that they lived within a 5 mile range of affordable housing options. However, 26% of them did not know if they did or did not. In response to the question “Does the neighborhood in which you live have accessible public transportation within 1-3 miles” 42.50% said yes and 42.50% said no. Fifteen percent did not know.
The largest number of attendees came from the 30064 zip code, with 30080, 30008, 30062 and 30066 representing at least 8% per code of the total respondents.
Thank you to all of our Sponsors for making Aging by Design 2015 a success!
Be on the look-out for the 3rd Annual Aging by Design Summit planning and information meeting coming this summer. If you would like to participate please email Jessica.Gill@cobbcounty.org.
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