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A Quality of Life Assessment
Project Team
Project Consultant: Amy Flowers, Ph.D.
Project Manage: Kathryn Dodge, Ph.D.
Project Advocate: Torie Foote

Ad...
The Question
 What services and characteristics of
  Fairbanks encourage seniors and baby
  boomers to stay – or leave – ...
Methodology
 414  early input survey participants
 35 qualitative and in-person
  interviews
 11 community forums with ...
Gender of All Respondents




                      43%
                            Male
                            Femal...
Age of All Respondents
          5%     2%



    16%
                            Under 45
                      45%   45-...
Race/Ethnicity of All Participants
                3% 5%
          3%            0%



                                   ...
Gender


  Female            Male
   55%              45%




n=500
"Age Distribution"

        8%

        7%

        6%

        5%
Percentage




        4%

        3%

        2%

    ...
Ethnicity
                              African
                     Other   American   Alaska Native
                    ...
Employment Status

                Medical Decline to
               disability answer           Employed Full
   Retired ...
Annual Household Income
                                             $20,000 to 29,000
                               $0 t...
Income and Future vs. Current Seniors
                                    45-64 years of age    65 and over


            ...
Moved From




   Another state
       75%                      Lived here all
                                   my life
...
How long have you lived in FNSB?
                           4 years or less   5 to 9 years
                               ...
Home Ownership Status


                                Rent
                                10%




        Own
        9...
“Which of the following best describes where you live?“


                 Retirement   Assisted Living
                 C...
“Do you have immediate family in the Borough?”

                                                  Yes
                    ...
Common Complaints
 Not  enough Medicare doctors
 Door to door transportation should be
  readily available – wherever th...
Common Misconceptions
 Borough  has social service powers
 Tax dollars pay to deliver
  transportation services
 I can ...
Proposed Service Delivery Model
                      North
                      Pole

     Ester
                       ...
Importance of Services to Boomers and Seniors
                                                45-64          65+

        ...
Satisfaction with service
                                                  45-64     65+


                          Sens...
What do you feel is the single most important issue facing older
                     residents and seniors in the Borough...
Issues Sorted by Importance to Seniors
            What do you feel is the single most important issue
            facing ...
Gaps in Importance
                   Job opportunities                                                                   ...
Attitudes towards Health Related Issues


                      Strongly agree                            Agree           ...
Comparison of Senior and Boomers
     on Health-Related Issues
                                         45-64       65 and...
Q42 I recognize most of the people who
           live in my community (.761)


       Q57 “I have the information I need
...
Why Do People Stay?
 Having family and friends nearby
 Friendliness of community
 Willingness of community to help othe...
What is the main reason you choose to live in the Fairbanks North Star
                                        Borough?

 ...
Why Do People Leave?
 Harsh climate
 Family elsewhere
 Lack of job opportunities
 Cost of housing
 Cost of heat
Q39 “What was the primary reason you considered leaving?”

               Harsh climate
                                  ...
Why are Seniors Important to Our
Community?
 Investors
 Voters
 Opinion influencers
 Volunteers
 Mentors
 Part of th...
How Should We Invest in our
Seniors?
   Investing in:
     Transportation helps seniors stay in their
      homes
     ...
What Can We Do?
   Things We Can Change or Influence
       Friendly community
       Job opportunities for seniors & b...
What Can Our Community Do?
   Develop:
     Aging and Disability Resource Center
     Improved transportation system
  ...
Next Steps
   Make final results available to service providers,
    local and state government
   Establish Aging and D...
Questions?
Copy of Presentation or Final
Report

kdodge@fnsb.us

http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/MayorsOffic
   e/EconomicDevelopment/d...
Fairbanks North Star Borough Senior Quality Of Life Assessment
Fairbanks North Star Borough Senior Quality Of Life Assessment
Fairbanks North Star Borough Senior Quality Of Life Assessment
Fairbanks North Star Borough Senior Quality Of Life Assessment
Fairbanks North Star Borough Senior Quality Of Life Assessment
Fairbanks North Star Borough Senior Quality Of Life Assessment
Fairbanks North Star Borough Senior Quality Of Life Assessment
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Fairbanks North Star Borough Senior Quality Of Life Assessment

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Assessment of Fairbanks North Star Borough seniors' quality of life and what will keep them in the area.

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Fairbanks North Star Borough Senior Quality Of Life Assessment

  1. 1. A Quality of Life Assessment
  2. 2. Project Team Project Consultant: Amy Flowers, Ph.D. Project Manage: Kathryn Dodge, Ph.D. Project Advocate: Torie Foote Advisory Committee  Hank Bartos  Denise Daniello  Wendy Dominique  Jennifer Jolis  Banarsi Lal  Karen Parr  Bella Jean Savino  Freda M. Williams  Vickie L. Wilson  Allison K. Wing  Karen Wood
  3. 3. The Question  What services and characteristics of Fairbanks encourage seniors and baby boomers to stay – or leave – the FNSB?  What actions can the FNSB, community, and service providers take to strengthen these services or characteristics?
  4. 4. Methodology  414 early input survey participants  35 qualitative and in-person interviews  11 community forums with 78 participants  Phone/on-line/paper survey  251 seniors  250 baby boomers  49 internet / paper
  5. 5. Gender of All Respondents 43% Male Female 57%
  6. 6. Age of All Respondents 5% 2% 16% Under 45 45% 45-64 65-75 76-85 Over 85 32%
  7. 7. Race/Ethnicity of All Participants 3% 5% 3% 0% African American Alaska Native Pacific Islander White Other 89%
  8. 8. Gender Female Male 55% 45% n=500
  9. 9. "Age Distribution" 8% 7% 6% 5% Percentage 4% 3% 2% 1% 0% 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 90 91 93 94 95108 Age
  10. 10. Ethnicity African Other American Alaska Native 2% 2% 3% White 92% Hispanic 1% Asian American 1% n=478
  11. 11. Employment Status Medical Decline to disability answer Employed Full Retired time 52% 2% 1% 30% Employed part Stay-at-home time parent 11% homemaker or caregiver Unemployed 2% 2% n=496
  12. 12. Annual Household Income $20,000 to 29,000 $0 to $19,999 6% $30,000 to Decline to State 4% $39,999 23% 8% $40,000 to $49,000 7% $50,000 to $100,000 or more $59,999 16% $75,000 to 11% $60,000 to $99,999 $74,999 12% 12% n=501
  13. 13. Income and Future vs. Current Seniors 45-64 years of age 65 and over 25.3% 20.7% 17.5% 15.1% 14.3% 14.5% 14.3% 13.3% 13.3% 10.2% 10.2% 9.2% 6.9% 5.5% 6.0% 3.7% $19,999 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $75,000 $100,000 or less to 29,000 to to to to to or more $39,999 $49,000 $59,999 $74,999 $99,999 n=383 Significant at .05
  14. 14. Moved From Another state 75% Lived here all my life 2% Another city in Alaska 23% n=500
  15. 15. How long have you lived in FNSB? 4 years or less 5 to 9 years 2% 3% 10 to 14 years 6% 15 years or longer 89% n=498
  16. 16. Home Ownership Status Rent 10% Own 90% n=495
  17. 17. “Which of the following best describes where you live?“ Retirement Assisted Living Community 1% 1% Other Apartment 1% 6% House 91% n=499
  18. 18. “Do you have immediate family in the Borough?” Yes 74% No 26% n=499
  19. 19. Common Complaints  Not enough Medicare doctors  Door to door transportation should be readily available – wherever the door is in the borough  Don’t want to ask people for help  Don’t know who or where to ask for help  Energy too expensive  Limited housing options
  20. 20. Common Misconceptions  Borough has social service powers  Tax dollars pay to deliver transportation services  I can move when I need to  Boomers will never be seniors  No jobs available for seniors
  21. 21. Proposed Service Delivery Model North Pole Ester Salcha Fox Centralized Service Delivery Chena Two Ridge Rivers
  22. 22. Importance of Services to Boomers and Seniors 45-64 65+ Doctors that take Medicare 3.69 3.78 Doctors specializing in older people 3.55 3.57 Services to help seniors stay in homes 3.52 3.52 Affordable senior housing 3.41 3.42 Caregiver support services 3.29 3.33 Availability of assisted living facilities 3.24 3.29 Sense of community 3.11 3.20 Mental Health services 2.99 3.07 Public transportation 3.04 3.04 Recreational opportunities 2.96 2.86 Continuing education and learning 2.76 2.78 *Job opportunities 2.80 2.54 Job training and career development 2.45 2.32 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 3.50 4.00 * Significant at .05 Not at all Important Very important
  23. 23. Satisfaction with service 45-64 65+ Sense of community 3.24 3.12 Continuing education and learning 3.22 3.12 *Recreational opportunities 3.21 3.00 Job training and career development 2.93 2.75 *Caregiver support services 2.89 2.59 Job opportunities 2.82 2.84 Public transportation 2.80 2.68 Mental Health services 2.76 2.58 Services to help seniors stay in homes 2.63 2.47 *Doctors specializing in older people 2.51 2.29 Availability of assisted living facilities 2.44 2.29 *Affordable senior housing 2.43 2.20 Doctors that take Medicare 2.35 2.23 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 3.50 4.00 * Significant at .05 Very Somewhat Somewhat Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Satisfied Satisfied
  24. 24. What do you feel is the single most important issue facing older residents and seniors in the Borough? 45-64 years of age 65 and over Cost of heating oil and fuel 54% 47.6% 8% Housing: Availability of affordable… 14.5% Taxes 7% 3.5% 6% Healthcare: Availability of doctors 7.0% Healthcare: General Affordability 5% 4.8% 4% Public transportation 3.1% Inflation 3% 5.7% Assisted living: Availability of facilities 3% 2.6% Availability of services for caregivers 3% 0.0% Healthcare: Physicians refusing to take … 2% 4.0% Parks and recreation 1% 0.4% Long term care: Availability of facilities 0% 1.3% Local job opportunities 0% 0.0% Crime prevention or safety 0% 0.4% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% n= 501
  25. 25. Issues Sorted by Importance to Seniors What do you feel is the single most important issue facing older residents and seniors in the Borough? 45-64 years of age 65 and over 54% Cost of Heating Oil and Fuel 47.6% 8% Availability of Affordable Housing 14.5% Availability of Doctors 6% 7.0% Inflation 3% 5.7% Affordable Healthcare 5% 4.8% Physicians that don't take Medicare 2% 4.0% Taxes 7% 3.5% Public Transportation 4% 3.1% Availability of Assisted Living Facilities 3% Availability of Services for Caregivers 2.6% 3% 0.0% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% n= 501
  26. 26. Gaps in Importance Job opportunities 0.27 Job training /career development 0.12 Recreational opportunities 0.10 Services to help seniors stay in homes 0.01 Public transportation 0.01 -0.01 Affordable senior housing -0.01 Doctors specializing in older people -0.02 Continuing education and learning -0.04 Caregiver support services -0.05 Availability of assisted living facilities -0.09 Mental Health services -0.09 Sense of community -0.09 Doctors that take Medicare -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 Difference between Boomer and Senior Importance Ratings
  27. 27. Attitudes towards Health Related Issues Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree When I need to see a doctor I can 28% 58% 10% 3% * If memory problems become an issue I know where to go for help 17% 52% 21% 5% *In the next 5 to 10 years I may need help with household chores like snow shoveling or maintenance 16% 42% 32% 7% *Growing older has limited the kinds of activities I can do 14% 46% 32% 6% If I became very sick I would no longer be able to live in my current home 9% 42% 33% 8% I know someone who has experienced elder abuse 3% 10% 48% 32% *Significant at .05 n=501
  28. 28. Comparison of Senior and Boomers on Health-Related Issues 45-64 65 and over 3.1 When I need to see a doctor I can 3.2 * If memory problems become an issue I 2.8 know where to go for help 3.0 If I became very sick I would no longer 2.5 be able to live in my current home 2.6 * Growing older has limited the kinds of 2.5 activities I can do 2.9 * In the next 5 to 10 years I may need 2.4 help with household chores like snow 3.0 shoveling or maintenance 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 * Significant at .05 Strongly Strongly n=501 Disagree Disagree Agree Agree
  29. 29. Q42 I recognize most of the people who live in my community (.761) Q57 “I have the information I need regarding retirement and financial planning for old age” (-.535) How important are Q58 I have lost out on a promotion raise mental health services to or other benefit at work because of age (-.502) the quality of life for seniors and future seniors in the Borough? Q56 I know someone who has experienced elder abuse (.460) Q55 I would like to work part-time in my retirement years (.346) R2=.586 Significance of the model=.000 Q53 Growing older has limited the kinds of activities I can do (-.344) * Beta scores in multiple regression analysis indicate the relative impact of each variable on the program’s overall effectiveness score.
  30. 30. Why Do People Stay?  Having family and friends nearby  Friendliness of community  Willingness of community to help others  Strong sense of community  Recreational and continuing education activities
  31. 31. What is the main reason you choose to live in the Fairbanks North Star Borough? 45-64 years of age 65 and over 30.8% 21.6% 15.6% 14.0% 13.6% 10.8% 10.0% 9.6% 9.6% 8.0% 6.4% 6.0% 4.0% 2.0% 4.4% 2.4% 1.6% 1.2% Nice place to Having friends Friendly Familiarity Small town Lived here Affordable Ability to Nice house live or raise and family neighborhood with places feel since living make a children nearby or community childhood positive contribution to the community n=501
  32. 32. Why Do People Leave?  Harsh climate  Family elsewhere  Lack of job opportunities  Cost of housing  Cost of heat
  33. 33. Q39 “What was the primary reason you considered leaving?” Harsh climate 34% Family elsewhere 17% Lack of job opportunities 13% Cost of housing 11% Cost of heat 10% Healthcare needs 3% Need for caregiver support or 2% services Lack of transportation 1% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% n=232
  34. 34. Why are Seniors Important to Our Community?  Investors  Voters  Opinion influencers  Volunteers  Mentors  Part of the family  Caregivers  Active historians
  35. 35. How Should We Invest in our Seniors?  Investing in:  Transportation helps seniors stay in their homes  Coordinating service delivery improves quality of life and reduces expense of service  Providing senior housing reduces injuries and cost of service delivery
  36. 36. What Can We Do?  Things We Can Change or Influence  Friendly community  Job opportunities for seniors & baby boomers  Cost of energy  Affordable housing  Coordination of service delivery  People friendly winter environments  Advocate for improvements in whole person healthcare  Things We Can’t Change  Presence of family  Harsh climate
  37. 37. What Can Our Community Do?  Develop:  Aging and Disability Resource Center  Improved transportation system  System to coordinate volunteers and part-time senior home care/rehab workers  Additional affordable senior housing  Workforce development services  Resolve health and social services powers issue within borough  Strengthen FNSB Senior Commission
  38. 38. Next Steps  Make final results available to service providers, local and state government  Establish Aging and Disability Resource Center  Explore establishing transportation and service delivery system for outlying areas  Review FNSB Senior Commission placement, charter, and funding  Inform Alaska State Strategy for Senior Services  Develop local Strategy for Senior Services  Strengthen relationship with Alaska Commission on Aging
  39. 39. Questions?
  40. 40. Copy of Presentation or Final Report kdodge@fnsb.us http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/MayorsOffic e/EconomicDevelopment/default.htm

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