La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) — The City of La Crosse with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are asking residents to participate in a survey.
Every year, AARP conducts the Age-Friendly Community Survey nationwide. The goal is to find out how to make cities and towns across the United States more livable for aging populations. The organization reached out to the City of La Crosse, asking for participation this year’s survey.
“We all age if we’re lucky, and we know that we need to plan for the future,” said Noreen Holmes, a volunteer with AARP.
The City of La Crosse and AARP are asking city residents to help with the planning by taking the Age-Friendly Community Survey.
“It’s a survey that’s designed to help the City of La Crosse hear from older people. What do you want to see as you age from your community? From your neighborhood?” said Holmes. “We know that people want to stay in their own homes as long as possible. What can we do to help them?”
“Cities usually don’t do things overnight,” said Doug Happel, District 12 Council Member for the City of La Crosse. “It’s a fairly long-term planning process, and that really helps us address that.”
The survey comes as city officials continue planning renovations for the senior centers and start construction on All Abilities Trane Park.
“La Crosse really is a community that tries to deal with all aspects our population,” said Happel. “Specifically how this survey will impact the city, I don’t think anybody knows until the survey is finished.”
The impact will be decided by answers from residents who take the survey. The target participants are age 45 and older living in zip codes 54601 and 54603.
“Fifty-percent of the people that answered the senior center survey were not seniors,” said Happel. “But, you know what, the one thing you pretty much guarantee, they’re going to be seniors.”
“We know that if we have a community that is age-friendly, it’s everybody-friendly,” said Holmes.
The survey can be found online at the City of La Crosse website. Printed copies of the survey can be found in the Planning Department on the third floor of La Crosse City Hall.
The survey takes approximately 13 minutes to complete with a total of 29 questions.
Survey distribution is being funded by a grant from AARP. The survey will be open until December 1 but may be extended to reach the goal of 500 or more participants age 45 or older.