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We are asking you, as a Village of Mount Prospect resident who is 55 years of age or older, to complete our Aging in Community survey.  The Village of Mount Prospect identified “Aging in Community” as a high priority in the 2019 strategic plan. In response, the Village joined the AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities in February of 2021 as the 512th community to enroll. AARP defines a livable community as one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and has supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources enhance personal independence; allow residents to age in place; and foster residents’ engagement in the community’s civic, economic and social life.

Your feedback in this survey will help the Village to understand the needs of our residents and will help shape the priorities in a three-year Age-Friendly Action Plan. The Age-Friendly Action Plan will prepare Mount Prospect to be a livable community for all, with a focus on our aging population.

Answer the questions to the best of your ability - there are no right or wrong answers. If you are unsure about a question or it does not apply to you, you can skip the question. Your responses will be reported in an aggregate format and identifying information will be removed to preserve anonymity of respondents.

 If you have any questions, please email agingincommunity@mountprospect.org.

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* 1. What would be your number one recommendation for Mount Prospect visitors?

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* 2. How long have you lived in your community?

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* 3. How would you rate your current community as a place for people to live as they age?

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* 4. Thinking about your future years, are you more likely to

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* 5. Some people find that they need or want to move out of their home as they get older. If you were to consider moving out of your current home, what factors would influence your decision? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Major factor Minor factor Not a factor
Wanting a smaller size home
Wanting a larger size home
The cost / effort of maintaining your current home
Wanting a home that will help you live independently as you age, for example a home without stairs
Wanting a different environment or setting around your home

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* 6. Some people find that they need or want to move out of their community as they get older. If you were to consider moving out of your current community, what factors would influence your decision? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Major factor Minor factor Not a factor
 Your personal safety or security concerns
Wanting to move to an area that has better health care facilities
Wanting to be closer to family
Needing more access to public transportation
 Wanting to live in a different climate
Wanting to live in an area that has a lower cost of living
 Wanting to live in an area with better opportunities for social interaction
 Wanting to live in an area with more or less population density
 
 
 
 

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* 7. How important is it for you to remain in your current community for as long as possible?

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* 8. Which of the following types of homes best describes where you currently live? (Check only one)

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* 9. Do you have to use stairs to access any part of your home?

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* 10. For your primary home, do you...

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* 11. How important is it for you to be able to live independently in your own home as you age?

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* 12. Which areas in your home need major repairs, modifications, or changes to enable you to stay there for as long as possible? [Check all that apply]

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* 13. How would you rate your community’s home repair and maintenance services? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor Not Sure
Home modification and home repair contractors who are trustworthy, do quality work, and are affordable
Seasonal services such as lawn work or snow removal for low-income and older adults

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* 14. How would you rate your community’s public infrastructure? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Excellent Very good Good Fair Poor
Sidewalks that are in good condition, safe for pedestrians, and accessible for wheelchairs or other assistive
mobility devices
Well-lit, accessible, safe streets and intersections for all users
Audio and visual pedestrian crossings
 Sufficient time for pedestrian crossings
Separate pathways for bicyclists and pedestrians

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* 15. How would you rate your community’s built environment? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Excellent Very good Good Fair Poor
Well-maintained homes and properties
Housing options for older adults such as active adult communities, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing
Homes that are built with things like a no step entrance, wider doorways, and first floor bedrooms and bathrooms
Well-maintained, safe, affordable housing
 
Well-maintained and safe parks
Public buildings and spaces, including restrooms, that are accessible to people of different physical abilities
Enough benches for resting in public areas
Conveniently located hospitals, health care facilities, and emergency care centers
Conveniently located, affordable public parking and sufficient handicap parking
Conveniently located shopping and services for daily needs (grocery, pharmacy, etc.)

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* 16. How do you usually get around your community? (Check all that apply)

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* 17. How would you rate your community’s public transportation in the following categories? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Excellent Very good Good Fair Poor
Accessible
Convenient
Affordable
Timely
Safe

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* 18. Thinking about health in your community, how would you rate your community on the following?

  Excellent Very good Good Fair Poor
Availability of health care professionals
Quality of health care professionals
Affordability of health care professionals
Diversity of health care professionals 

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* 19. How would you rate the health and wellness services in your community? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Excellent Very good Good Fair Poor
Affordable health and wellness programs and classes like nutrition, diabetic management and weight control
Affordable physical fitness activities for older adults
Accessible social services
Accessible mental health services
Affordable in-home services including care giving, personal care, housekeeping, and cooking

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* 20. How often do you have contact with family, friends, or neighbors who do not live with you?

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* 21. How often do you feel the following?  (Please choose one rating per question)

  Often Sometimes Rarely Never
I lack companionship
I feel left out
I feel isolated from others

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* 22. If you were in trouble or distress, do you have friends or family who can help you at any time of the day or night?

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* 23. Do you use the following sources for continuing education or self-improvement classes or programs? (Check all that apply)

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* 24. How would you rate your community in the following areas of social participation, inclusion and education? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Excellent Very good Good Fair Poor
Conveniently located entertainment venues
Activities geared specifically towards older adults
Activities that offer senior discounts
Activities or events that involve both younger and older people
A variety of cultural activities for diverse populations
Continuing education classes or social clubs to pursue new interests and hobbies

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* 25. How would you rate your community in the following areas of volunteering and civic engagement? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Excellent Very good Good Fair Poor
A range of volunteer activities to choose from
Opportunities for older adults to participate in decision making bodies such as community councils or committees
Easy to find information on available local volunteer opportunities
Transportation to and from volunteer activities

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* 26. Which of the following best describes your current employment status?

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* 27. How likely is it that you will continue to work as long as possible, rather than choosing to retire and no longer work for pay?

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* 28. How would you rate your community in terms of job opportunities for older adults? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Excellent Very good Good Fair Poor
A range of flexible job opportunities for older adults
Job training opportunities for older adults who want to learn new job skills within their job or get training in a different field of work
Jobs that are adapted to meet the needs of people with disabilities
Policies that ensure older adults can continue to have equal opportunity to work for as long as they want or need to regardless of their age

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* 29. Would you turn to the following resources if you, a family member or friend needed information about services for older adults such as caregiving services, home delivered meals, home repair, medical transport, or social activities? (Check all that apply)

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* 30. How would you rate your community in the following areas of information access and dissemination? (Please choose one rating per question)

  Excellent Very good Good Fair Poor
Access to community information in one central source
Clearly displayed printed community information with large lettering
Free access to computers and the Internet in public places
Community information that is delivered in person to people who may have difficulty or may not be able to leave their home
Community information that is available in a number of different languages

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* 31. How do you identify?

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* 32. What is your age as of your last birthday? (Age in Years)

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* 33. What is your current marital status?

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* 34. Besides yourself, do you have any of the following people living in your household? (Check all that apply)

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* 35. In general how would you rate your health?

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* 36. Does any disability, handicap, or chronic disease keep you or your spouse or partner from participating fully in work, school, housework, or other activities? [CHECK ONLY ONE]

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* 37. A family caregiver is someone who provides care for an adult loved one who is ill, frail, elderly, or has a physical, mental, or emotional disability. This care may include helping with personal needs like bathing or dressing, meals, household chores, shopping, transportation, managing medical care or finances, or even visiting regularly to see how they are doing. This adult need not live with you.
Are you currently a family caregiver providing unpaid care to an adult loved one to help them take care of themselves?

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* 38. How likely is it that you will provide unpaid care to an adult loved one in the future?

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* 39. What is the highest level of education that you completed?

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* 40. Please indicate which best represents the languages you speak at home. Check all that apply.

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* 41. Are you of Hispanic, Spanish, or of Latino origin or descent?

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* 42. What is your race? (Check all that apply)

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* 43. What was your annual household income before taxes in 2020?

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* 44. What township do you live in?

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