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Friday, December 18, 2009

Survey tallies transportation, health needs

Alan Cameron and Jim Elgin spoke to the Board of Selectmen on December 10, the fourth in a series of five presentations to the Selectmen on sections of the 2009 Town Needs Survey. Summarizing some of the results of the health/fitness section, Cameron said that 60% of the responding population assesses their health as “very good” but that perceived quality of health declines with age. Thirteen percent of Carlisle’s population is over 70.

When asked in the survey, “If available, would you use the services of a town nurse or social worker?” 16% said “probably.” That increased to 40% for respondents in their 80s and 60% for those in their 90s.

Elgin added his part of the presentation on transportation in Carlisle and said that most of the responses indicating some or great need for transportation had to do with “people wanting to get out of town.” The airport and MBTA each tallied 56% with Concord getting 48%. Medical appointments got 33% and school and classes got 29%.

Only one-third of respondents indicated that they would not likely use public transportation, while another third said they would be likely or very likely to use it if it met their need. There were virtually no differences in the responses to this question depending on age or income group.

The final presentation at a Selectmen’s meeting will be on “Overall Quality of Life, Comments and Overall Conclusions.” ∆

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