Hull seniors recently received an invitation, printed on an eye-catching bright-orange postcard, inviting them to participate in a community needs assessment survey of residents ages 55 and over.
The postcard was mailed from the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute, which is conducting the survey in partnership with the town and the Hull Council on Aging, to provide information about seniors’ needs and how to enhance services to what has become Hull’s fastest-growing demographic.
“The town has commissioned the Gerontology Institute to conduct a community needs assessment to identify current and long-term needs of residents ages 55 and over,” Director of Elder Services Lisa Thornton told The Hull Times. “The survey is one piece in the assessment process.”
The survey results are expected to help the town and the Council on Aging to focus on the concerns of residents related to aging, with an emphasis on programs, services, and amenities that promote healthy and safe aging in place.
“By completing this voluntary survey, Hull’s seniors have the opportunity to share their views about living in Hull,” she said. “The Council on Aging and other town departments need their help in order to understand what matters to them today and to help identify emerging issues that may affect them over the next five to 10 years.”
All Hull residents 55 and older are encouraged to fill out the confidential questionnaire they will soon find in their mailboxes if they have not already.
Seniors are asked to return the completed survey in the enclosed self-addressed, stamped envelope by Friday, Oct. 8. There is also the option of completing the survey online through the town website, https://www.town.hull.ma.us/.
“Residents do not need to be 55 or older to complete the survey,” Thornton said. “However, we mailed the survey only to residents 55 and older at their home address. Other residents can use the online link or stop by the senior center to pick up a copy to fill out.”
The UMass Boston team is available to assist people with filling out the survey or to answer questions. Contact information is included with the questionnaire.
“We look forward to sharing what is learned [from the survey results] over the coming months and thank people in advance for their participation,” Thornton said. “Together we will maintain Hull as a strong, vibrant community for people of all ages.”