West Bloomington Task Force, Applied Community and Economic Development, Stevenson Center
The experience and process of aging has become a prominent topic of discussion nationwide and Central Illinois is no exception, due to the rapid growth within the senior population in the area. The 60 and over population of Illinois is projected to grow by 87% during the next 30 years (The Maturing of Illinois). An initiative has been developed to evaluate how prepared local communities are for older adults by conducting needs assessments, which can also serve as vital tools for those who plan and provide human services in communities. Often community leaders will form policies and allocate limited resources based on assumptions about the needs of the senior population and outdated information (Parsons and Higley 1995). This report is part of a larger needs assessment that will serve as a resource for community leaders to use in future policies and projects that will involve senior West Bloomington residents. This report examines needs of the senior population of West Bloomington as well as how organizations provide for those needs as evaluated by the senior population themselves. Based on our findings and recognizing the limitations of the study, we make recommendations for action and future research.
Bell, Case; Busher, Melissa; Deal, Amy; Fischer, Ted; Holmes, Christine; Lauchlan, Joseph; Peterson, Shane; Jones, Janelle; Porter, Eric; Pribe, Brad; and Shrader, Viktor, "Assets and Needs Assessment of Senior Residents in the West Bloomington Neighborhood" (2008). Community Project Design and Management Reports - Sociology. 6.