Starting March 21, 2014, nearly 6,000 St. Louis County residents age 45 and older will receive a survey from AARP seeking input on a variety of community issues.
The AARP funded survey is the first step in St. Louis County’s Age-Friendly Communities initiative, a partnership between St. Louis County Government and AARP Missouri. Through AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities, residents will be chosen at random to receive a survey in the mail. Those who are selected will receive a postcard from AARP’s National Research Division stating the survey is on its way. The survey includes questions about housing, transportation, health services, volunteering and employment opportunities.
St. Louis County Executive, Charlie A. Dooley, encourages everyone who receives a survey to fill it out and return it.
“This is a great opportunity for residents to tell us what is important to them and how we can best support active, healthy aging in St. Louis County,” he said. “The more surveys we get, the better we will be able to target our services and resources to support our residents of all ages.”
St. Louis County’s Age-Friendly Communities initiative is a five-year effort to explore and address the issues, needs and desires of St. Louis County’s older population. St. Louis County has the highest number of Baby Boomers and persons age 65 and older in Missouri and the aging of its population is a key issue identified in the county’s strategic plan.
People receiving the survey will have two weeks to return it before receiving a reminder. The deadline to return the survey is April 25, 2014. St. Louis County’s Planning Department is coordinating the Age-Friendly Communities initiative. Survey results are expected to be released in June.