.... The 2016 Valley Community Index is a deep dive into data collected from federal, state and local agencies, and from residents themselves. DataHaven is the principal author of the 58-page study that was sponsored by the Valley Community Foundation and Griffin Hospital.

While the number of residents aged 35 to 64 increased the most over the past 20 years, seniors will be the fastest-growing age group in the Valley over the next decade, mirroring the state and nation as a whole.

But the fact that 90 percent of seniors want to "age in place," staying in their homes and communities, will present unique challenges in the Valley, which has some hilly, narrow streets and a limited public transportation system.

"This maturing population creates opportunities for a larger volunteer base but also presents challenges," the report’s authors wrote. "This will require alternative modes of transportation, an increased need for access to in-home services and resources to remodel older homes to accommodate their physical needs." ....