The Dedham Council on Aging recently surveyed Dedham residents ages 60 and older to help in the planning and development of a senior center.
The council's staff received 20 percent of the 5,780 surveys back and said that, overall, respondents support the development of a senior center.
According to a news release from the council, the current drop-in center has 12 parking spaces, which causes tension in the parking lot when more than one class meets at the same time.
The results of the survey show that there is a need for a different kind of space that can accommodate a range of programs and services, the council said.
Council members hope to use the survey results to bring in more seniors and work toward a larger and more usable space in the near future.
“As the Council on Aging embarks on our refreshed mission, we hope to draw more and more people to us, bringing new energy, talents, skills, and ideas,” the council said in a statement. “We will be ready to take it all in and grow. This is just the beginning.”
Some survey highlights:
-- Of the 1,209 respondents, two-thirds are females.
-- The average age is 72.
-- 57 percent of respondents live with family.
-- 70 percent are not employed.
-- 82 percent would like some form of exercise class.
-- 76 percent felt computer classes were important, and 51 percent would like computer access.
-- In the narrative portion of the survey, 29 percent said they did not socialize as much as they would like because of a lack of transportation.
-- And, finally, when asked about the most important reason to have a senior center, 35 percent responded that socialization is a critical need.
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