Results from Aging with Dignity and Independence Initiative Study To Be Shared with Community

Posted on March 01, 2012 by The Patterson Foundation

Themes from a year-long qualitative study conducted by SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) in partnership with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and The Patterson Foundation will be shared with the community during a series of workshops this March. As a chief component of The Patterson Foundation’s Aging with Dignity and Independence Initiative, the study compiled data from more than 200 community members of all ages and walks of life in Sarasota County, Fla.

SCOPE will now share these themes as they hope they will serve as catalyst ideas for community action. With more than 32 percent of its residents over age 65, Sarasota County is the oldest large county in the United States, and is at the frontline of aging trends. Furthermore it’s a unique setting for identifying and trying out creative approaches to enhance the experience of aging.

The research from the study was compiled from focus groups, interviews, forums and surveys.In the study’s initial discovery phase, people of all ages were asked to describe a positive interaction with an older adult in which that person’s dignity and independence was enhanced or supported. For adults 65 years of age and older, guided questions regarding dignity and independence were asked about them personally, as well as how those two topics related to and affected members of their peer group in the communities of Sarasota County at large.

Besides being supported by three separate, unique and credible institutions, the initiative was informed by the wisdom of Sarasota’s older adults. The feedback and results of the study are intended to provide a forum for awareness of these issues as well as an incubator in which to help launch and fulfill them in Sarasota County, with the long-term goal being to formulate a successful model for other communities with similar demographics to use and implement.

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