Carver County currently has approximately 6,000 residents over the age of 65. That number is expected to increase to 25,000 by 2030. Existing research suggests that traditional models of aging and service delivery do not meet the needs or expectations of the baby boomer generation, which begins to turn 65 in the year 2010. The county requested assistance with helping Carver County cities assess their readiness for the boomer 'age wave.' Graduate students in urban and regional planning helped the Carver County Office of Aging conduct focus groups, and design and pilot a resident survey and a boomer readiness assessment tool that can be used to identify such needs in the areas of housing, employment, volunteerism, recreation, and medical and social services. This final report was prepared for the county, and includes the resident survey and community assessment tool.
This project was supported by a grant from the Community Growth Options (U-CGO) program, a joint project of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, with funding from the McKnight Foundation.
Guthrie, Andrew; Cedarleaf Dahl, Erik.
Carver County Baby Boomer Readiness Assessment Tools.
Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
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