Senior Needs Assessment

Town Hall Meetings
November 1, 2010
Building Strong Families Evaluation
December 1, 2010

Thanks to funding from the Cape Girardeau County Senior Citizens’ Tax Board, search treatment the Aging Issues Task Force of the Aging Committee was able to conduct a senior needs assessment of residents 60 years of age  and older, sale living in Cape Girardeau County.

Data was collected from November 2009 – March 2010.  Results were recently shared with the members of the Senior Citizens’ Tax Board members and will soon be shared at a meeting of the County Commissioners.

A few facts from the survey:

1895 completed surveys were received

32.2% of respondents were ages 60-69.
35.4% of respondents were ages 70-79.
29.2% of respondents were ages 80+.

63.4% of respondents were female.
33.1% of respondents were male.

50.8% live within the city limits of Cape Girardeau.
25.5% live within the city limits of Jackson.
19.4% live outside of both city limits (outlying areas of the county).

88.7% of respondents have lived in Cape Girardeau County for 5 years or more.

If you live in your own home or apartment, cialis what services do you need to be able to continue to live independently?

13.8% Home maintenance/yard work
13.6% Light housekeeping
7.5% Transportation
7.5% Meal preparation
6.8% Paperwork assistance
6.0% Home health services
4.4% “Lifeline” or alarm system
4.0% Medication setup
3.5% Personal hygiene assistance

What are your five greatest needs?

15.3% Yard work
15.0% Help with housekeeping
13.2% Minor home repairs
7.7% Companionship
7.5% Someone to call in an emergency
7.5% Access to nutritious needs
7.3% Paperwork Assistance
6.8% Dependable transportation
5.8% Paying monthly bills
5.1% Recreation
2.7% Volunteer opportunities
2.3% Paid employment
1.8% Help with caring for another person

If you have any questions about the survey , please  contact Kay Azuma (651-3746 x 104) or John McGowan at 334-9634.

If you would like to join the Aging Committee, the next meeting is Wednesday, November 10 at 9am at Cape County Public Health Center, 1121 Linden Street in Cape Girardeau.