One of the more pressing issues facing many communities is the changing needs of residents as they age. Driving becomes difficult, building design can be a burden, and the amenities seniors need can be very different than the needs of young families or singles. Lifetime Communities are places designed to take into account the changing needs of residents at all age levels. The challenge is that we don’t have enough of these places in most parts of the U.S. PlaceMatters recently partnered with the Center for Aging at Indiana University to build the Lifetime Communities Tool, a survey that gauges current and prospective residents of Bloomington, IN on their lifestyle preferences while teaching them about the relationship between different aspects of the built environment and aging in place.
The tool starts out by asking residents to choose a community type. Participants can explore community types to see what sorts of homes and transportation options fit within different community types. There’s also lots of information tucked away about each type of community and home for those that want to dig deeper.