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Community for All Ages

Find out what steps the City is taking to become a Community for All Ages

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This City of Lee’s Summit recently conducted a citywide survey to gather feedback from residents on “age-friendly” aspects within the community as a part of the Community for All Ages recognition program facilitated by the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).  The Community for All Ages program recognizes communities that have taken steps to become more welcoming to residents of all ages and, in the process, more vibrant, healthy and prosperous.  The survey generated 265 responses that will be used to better understand opportunities that residents feel are needed for Lee’s Summit to continue to grow in a positive direction while providing benefit to all. 

Overall, more than 50% of residents rated Lee’s Summit “excellent” or “very good” as a place for people to live as they age. Of the respondents, nearly 90% live in a single-family home with 10% living in a townhome, duplex or apartment. Provided below is a summary of additional survey results:

  • 42% of respondents feel it is either “extremely important” or “very important” to remain in the City of Lee’s Summit as they age; 41% responded “somewhat important”; 14% “not very important”; and only 3% felt it was “not at all important”.
  • Over 80% of respondents indicated it is “extremely” or “very important” for them to be able to live independently in their own home as they age.
  • Over 90% of the respondents drive themselves.
  • Over 50% of the residents believe it is important to maintain homes, properties, infrastructure, and recreation uses.

Given the feedback from the survey, it appears the City is on a positive path toward being considered a Community for All Ages; however there are opportunities that can further enhance Lee’s Summit in various aspects of the program. MARC estimates the number of adults over the age of 65 is expected to double by 2030 and with a substantial majority of Lee’s Summit residents responding with a desire to live independently in their own homes as they age, planning ahead for improvements or enhancements is a worthwhile endeavor.

What’s next?  Using this data, a citizen committee has been formed to further assess Lee’s Summit to develop findings and recommendations on aspects that may further enhance the quality of life within the community for all – regardless of age.

For the full version of the survey, click here.  Hard copies are also available by visiting the Gamber Community Center, Harris Park, Legacy Park, City of Lee's Summit City Hall, and both Lee’s Summit Mid-Continent Public Library locations.

For additional information about the Community for All Ages program, please visit: Lee's Summit - Community for All Ages or contact Christina Stanton or Victoria Nelson at 816-969-1600.