Rapid City's Senior Needs Analysis Report and Presentation
An analysis of the services provided to senior citizens and residents age 50 and up in Rapid City shows a need for improved transportation, affordable single-level housing and better neighborhood shopping opportunities as areas in need of improvement.
The University of South Dakota conducted the study, using telephone surveys and focus groups, and presented the findings to the city council. Both the Power Point presentation and the full report are attached to this post.
Research participants identified three areas as exceeding the need for seniors in the community:
- Civic and social engagement.
- Volunteer opportunities.
- Community development.
Participantes identified five areas that meet the need in the community.
- Community safety.
- Sense of community.
- Recreational opportunities.
- Religious and spiritual opportunities.
Participants identified nine areas that fall short of the need in the community.
- Access to health care, including specialists.
- Mental health.
- Fitness opportunities.
- Independent living.
- Assisted living and skilled care.
- Access to services.
- Transportation, mobility and ADA-accessibility.
The report notes how seniors desire a single facility where the could access an array of services, from transportation to healthcare to fitness and recreation activities.
"When viewed at the most general level, the single community center options was most compelling," states the report on page 32.