Livable Lexington survey will begin circulating to local seniors today
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) — Mayor Jim Gray announced a plan to ask Lexington’s senior citizens what the city can do to become more livable.
“Seniors tell us Lexington does a lot of things right, but we know we can always improve. We need to hear from them,” Gray said. “Continuous improvement is what it’s all about.”
The Livable Lexington survey will begin circulating to local seniors today. Lexington’s Senior Services Commission is spearheading the project, with support from the AARP and the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living.
The survey asks seniors what Lexington can do to become more livable and age friendly. “Lexington is a wonderful city, but there is always room for improvement,” said Mary Crowley-Schmidt, assistant director of the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, as well as a member of the Livable Lexington team. “That’s especially true where senior adults are concerned. We believe that a community that takes care of its senior adults is a community that takes care of all its citizens.”
AARP already has in place the mechanisms for promoting livability in communities, Crowley-Schmidt said. “Teaming with them to apply the idea to Lexington made perfect sense.”
Kristy Stambaugh, the city’s aging services and disabilities support administrator,said results of the survey will lead the city toward the creation of a plan for Livable Lexington.
The survey will gauge Lexington’s livability focusing on eight areas that have the most impact on the health and quality of life for older adults, according to AARP and the World Health Organization. Those areas are: outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and community support and health services.
For more information about the Livable Lexington project call 859-258-3806.
To take the survey online, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/livablelexington .