A review of elder friendly community rankings

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M.Delorey_headshotBy Marianne Delorey

This table summarizes the last several articles about each of the towns in Worcester County and how they compare on elder friendly characteristics.  The higher the ranking, the more elder friendly the town was considered to be in each of the areas studied.  The areas included the extent of medical facilities available in the town, how affordable the town was, how extensive the transportation options were in the town and how well funded the senior center was.

Each town is categorized by the size of the elder population.  Small towns had less than 500 elders.  Medium towns had between 500 and 2,000 elders. Larger towns had more than 2000 elders.

The intent of this analysis is to encourage towns to examine how they can best support their elderly citizens and to encourage other elders to relocate to their community.  I encourage readers to share their thoughts about their town and any metrics that may not be included in this analysis.

The Rankings of Small, Medium and Larger Towns in Central Massachusetts by Elder Friendly Characteristics

Town% of Pop ElderlyTown SizeMedical RankingAffordable RankingTrans-portation RankingSenior Center Funding

Ranking

Overall Rank
Shrewsbury13.2%Large33611
Webster16.4%Large6.58.51.522
Southbridge14.9%Large6.581.563.5
Millbury16.5%Large1.54.56103.5
Holden13.8%Large2.536115
Auburn17.7%Large7.53.5686
Leominster14.4%Large6.561137
Milford13.1%Large10.54.5678
Fitchburg12.9%Large610.51159
Westborough13.1%Large10561210
Gardner15.5%Large7126911
Worcester12.3%Large10.59.511412
Boylston13.2%Medium1047.51.51
Ashburnham9.2%Medium10107.542
Dudley11.2%Medium7.520.57.51.53
Mendon9.8%Medium16.561224
West Boylston14.3%Medium23.5197.555
N Brookfield13.7%Medium3.5287.5186
Spencer14.0%Medium19287.537
Leicester12.3%Medium17.520.57.512.58
Paxton13.0%Medium3.511.524.5199
Hopedale15.9%Medium28.5157.51110.5
Rutland8.0%Medium1414.524.5910.5
Lunenburg12.0%Medium9.51624.512.512
Lancaster10.1%Medium32.5157.5813.5
Blackstone11.6%Medium11.5137.53113.5
Grafton10.5%Medium11.511.524.51615
Westminster11.6%Medium20.51424.5616
Sutton9.8%Medium10.55.524.53017
Oxford12.3%Medium12.527.524.5718
Uxbridge8.2%Medium24.517.57.52519
Sturbridge14.2%Medium1219.524.52320.5
Douglas7.8%Medium9.51824.52720.5
Harvard12.3%Medium191324.52422
W Brookfield25.0%Medium222024.51523
Barre11.5%Medium22.51924.51724
Winchendon11.5%Medium15.5337.52825.5
Athol15.8%Medium22.52724.51025.5
Northbridge11.8%Medium202724.51427
Templeton11.8%Medium2029.524.51328
Charlton10.0%Medium301424.52029
Clinton14.1%Medium162824.52130
Northborough13.0%Medium351924.51631
Upton8.3%Medium2215.524.53432
Warren13.5%Medium182524.52933
Sterling11.1%Medium348.524.53234
Southborough9.1%Medium25.51724.53335
Royalston11.6%Small25421
Phillipston10.3%Small34.5422
East Brookfield14.1%Small68423
Petersham19.1%Small59454
Hubbardston9.1%Small74485
Millville7.2%Small474116
New Braintree10.2%Small11010.567
Brookfield14.4%Small85.510.548
Berlin12.5%Small116.510.579
Princeton11.7%Small139.541010
Oakham8.9%Small10710.5911
Hardwick13.6%Small94.510.51312
Bolton8.9%Small127.510.51213

 

Marianne Delorey, Ph.D. is the executive director of Colony Retirement Homes. She can be reached at 508-755-0444 or mdelorey@colonyretirement.com and www.colonyretirementhomes.com. Archives of articles from previous issues can be read at www.fiftyplusadvocate.com.