Prioritizing Age-Friendly Domains for Transforming a Mid-Sized American City.

Title

Prioritizing Age-Friendly Domains for Transforming a Mid-Sized American City.

Creator

Sterns AA; Sterns HL; Walter A

Publisher

International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health

Date

2020
2020-12-06

Description

In May 2019, the city of Akron in the state of Ohio was admitted into AARP's network of age friendly cities and communities. Akron has a long history of aging services initiative that date back to the 1970s. To provide direction for future aging initiatives, an assessment of Akron's current state was conducted in early 2020. A survey designed to capture information on the eight Age-friendly domains was designed and mailed to 3000 randomized individuals in Akron's ten political wards. A total of 656 individuals responded and returned the survey. Akron is rated good to excellent by older Akronites; people want to stay in their neighborhood and in their home. Most Akronites like and use their neighborhood parks, find their streets well-lit, and feel safe walking in their neighborhood. Most respondents rated transportation in Akron as good to very good, but they found sidewalks good to poor. There is a high level of access to social and educational activities and a substantial opportunity to include more people. About two-thirds of respondents participate in faith-based activities, volunteer, and participate in city-sponsored events. Loneliness is not or rarely a problem for three quarters of respondents. Around 56.5% of respondents indicated they disagree they are disconnected from the community. There is high level of access to the Internet and public WiFi in Akron and a substantial opportunity to include more people. Overall, Akron has benefitted from its historical efforts and has the opportunity to impact on more older adults as the older population grows.

Subject

questionnaire; survey; older people; age-friendliness; age-friendly; age-friendly cities; use of technology

Rights

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Format

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Issue

23

Volume

17

ISSN

1660-4601 1660-4601

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of Family & Community Medicine

Update Year & Number

December 2020 List

Citation

Sterns AA; Sterns HL; Walter A, “Prioritizing Age-Friendly Domains for Transforming a Mid-Sized American City.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed March 2, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11462.

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