In an e-mail sent through the Age-Friendly Oxford network July 20, Ann Whelpton, the other co-coordinator, noted that anyone who received the mailed survey and had not returned it was sent a second copy July 9 and she encouraged those people to complete it.
Those who did not receive the survey in the mail were invited to go on-line and complete the survey at tinyurl.com/ageoxford.
She also invited anyone preferring a paper copy to call Scripps Gerontology Center at (513) 529-2914 and request one.
“All voices and needs are important. All survey responses will be confidential and there is no solicitation associated with this survey,” Whelpton said.
For other questions, contact Leek at Jessie@agefriendlyoxford.org.
The Age-Friendly Oxford partnership includes the City of Oxford, Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center, Oxford Seniors, Inc., Oxford VillAGE Network and a growing network of local community partners. The Age-Friendly Oxford Initiative will share the results of the survey with the community.
The WHO and AARP Livable Communities Network have identified “Eight Domains of Livability” as important for quality of life for older adults. The Age-Friendly Oxford survey has been designed around these eight domains: 1) Buildings and Outdoor Spaces; 2) Transportation; 3) Housing; 4) Social Participation; 5) Respect and Inclusion; 6) Civic Participation and Employment; 7) Communication and Information, and: 8) Community and Health Services.
The U.S. population aged 65 and over is projected to grow from 35 million in 2000 to 88.5 million by 2050, according to AARP. The number of 80-year-olds will double by 2030.
Whelpton said the Oxford community is fortunate to that Scripps Gerontology Center conducting this survey for Age-Friendly Oxford.
“We have one of the nation’s top aging research centers providing the research and data foundation for the benefit of older adults right here in our home town and township. We will have reliable, representative data which will inform us of our community’s priorities and help direct the Age-Friendly Action Plan for the next five years,” she said.