Local studies conducted will improve towns for senior living

Some interesting news from Littleton, MA. The Council on Aging has conducted studies that suggest one of every 3 people will be over the age of 60 by 2035! Because of this they are preparing for some changes to the town's offerings. Here's a quick excerpt from their article: 

 

The population of Littleton is expected to grow, but not as quickly as the number of elderly residents in town, according to a recent assessment conducted by the University of Massachusetts Boston on the needs of Littleton Elder and Human Services and the Council on Aging.
Selectmen were provided with an array of information on Littleton’s growing and aging population as well as recommendations for the future at their Sept. 21 meeting.
“You’re going to have a slight increase in the number of people living here. You’re going to have a dramatic increase in the number of people who are 60-plus,” said Jan Mutchler of the UMass Boston Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging.
By 2035, more than one out of every three Littleton residents is expected to be age 60 or older, Mutchler said.
“Now we have documentation of a whole bunch of different subjects that we can refer back to from results that you’ve got from the community that we didn’t have before,” Selectman Joseph Knox said. “This is going to be a very functional document.”
The assessment used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the UMass Donahue Institute as well as answers from a survey that went out in January to Littleton residents age 50 and over, which received more than a thousand responses. The assessment took eight months to complete.
“We are incorporating this into the Master Plan update as a piece of information for our consultant to be using,” selectmen Paul Avella said.

 

To read more just check out this link: http://littleton.wickedlocal.com/article/20150930/NEWS/150939812

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