Seniors and Vulnerable Residents

Vulnerable seniors and residents

The Town of Lincoln is aware of its growing senior population and their growing needs – physically, mentally, and socially. Some of the challenges to providing critical services are seniors’ hesitancy in asking for and accepting assistance; making plans for life transitions before they happen; and involving familial or other supports. Lincoln seniors seem to experience social isolation due to a number of factors: the geographic distance of many homes from a road or neighbors, the high proportion of single family homes lead to more seniors living alone, and the lack of a comprehensive public transportation system. Lincoln has far fewer financially vulnerable seniors and residents than other towns, but they do exist. For example, in Lincoln 13 percent of households with a householder who is between 65 and 74 years old are housing cost burdened, i.e. they pay more than 35 percent of their income on housing. This figure increases to almost 20 percent for households with a householder who is 75 or older. Residents with physical disabilities would be better served if all of the town’s buildings were fully accessible.

The task force has prepared a Final Report to file with CHNA 15: Final Report

The results of the transportation survey can be found here: Transportation Survey Report