Age-Friendly Sarasota Community Report Findings: Spotlight on Aging in Community
Age-Friendly Sarasota recently completed an assessment of nearly 1,200 Sarasota County residents’ aspirations regarding community features across eight domains of livability. Findings were analyzed by age groups including Boomers (age 50-69 at the time of the study) and non-Boomer Elders (age 70+). This blog series will review key highlights from each of the domains. Further information about the AFS Community Report and more details about the findings can be found at www.AgeFriendlySarasota.org.
According to the Age-Friendly Sarasota Community Report:
The majority of residents report that Sarasota County is a “good” to “excellent” place to live as they age and that it is important to “age in their community.”
- Among the age groups, more than three-quarters (79%) of Boomers report Sarasota as a “very good” or “excellent “place to live compared to approximately two-thirds (66%) of non-Boomer Elders.
The majority of Sarasota County residents have lived in the community for more than ten years.
- Non-Boomer Elders have lived in the county longer than Boomers. About two in ten Boomers and one in ten non-Boomer Elders have lived in the community less than five years.
- Approximately one-third (31%) of Boomers and two out of ten non-Boomer Elders report residing in their current neighborhood for less than five years.
- One-half of Boomers and nearly two-thirds (62%) of non-Boomer Elders have lived in their neighborhoods for more than a decade.
The majority of Sarasota County residents report having many friends and “friendly” relations with their neighbors.
- Though about two out of ten residents (18%) report not asking neighbors for advice about personal things, the majority of Sarasota County residents report occasional to frequent sharing of advice, visits, and favors with their neighbors.
- Non-Boomer Elders report knowing more neighbors by name (average = 18) compared with Boomers who report an average of knowing 14 neighbors.
- Few residents report not knowing any neighbors by name including (1% of Boomers and 2% of non-Boomer Elders) and 6% of Boomers report knowing five neighbors or less while 7% of non-Boomer Elders report knowing five neighbors or less.
Most Sarasota County residents are unlikely to move to a different home.
- While six out of ten (69%) Boomers and more than three-quarters (77%) of non-Boomer Elders intend to age in their homes, four out of ten (41%) Boomers and about one in four (23%) non-Boomer Elders report they are likely to relocate to another home.
A home to help live independently, a different-sized home to better meet needs, personal safety and health factors top the list of reasons impacting decisions to move for all Sarasota County residents -- though variability exists between the age groups.
- While approximately three-quarters (72%) of Boomers and 74% of non-Boomer Elders report that a home to help live independently would be the biggest reason for moving, more Boomers (71%) than non-Boomer Elders (58%) report that a different-sized home to meet their needs would impact their decision.
- Though about half of all residents report home safety or security concerns as a top reason to move, only four out of ten Boomers (40%) report moving for health reasons compared to nearly half of non-Boomer Elders (49%).
- More than a third of Boomers (39%) and non-Boomer Elders (35%) report moving for access to transportation.
- About four out of ten Boomers express financial factors impacting a move with 39% reporting that maintaining their current home will be too expensive and 37% report looking for an area with a lower cost of living.
- While more than a third of non-Boomer Elders (34%) report that their current home will be too expensive, only a quarter would consider relocating to an area with a lower cost of living (25%).
- Between about a quarter to a third of Sarasota County residents report that exterior reasons such as yards or views, desires to be more closely located to family, or the quality of home construction constitute factors for moving.