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The Survey Says: Seniors’ Opinions Matter
by Donna Clontz
Chair, Reno Senior Citizen Advisory Committee
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Donna Clontz
Donna Clontz

As we live our lives, many of us form strong opinions about what we like and dislike, and often are willing to express those opinions when asked. Our elected officials and policy makers want to hear our opinions before they make important decisions that affect us. As advisors about senior issues, we often gather data by way of surveys and present it to those decision makers when they need to know what older adults want them to do.

Last year at Senior Fest in September 2017, we did a survey of attendees and received close to 300 responses. We asked, “How Age Friendly is my community today?” Following are some of the questions and the results:

Recently the City of Reno qualified to become a Certified 3-STAR Community which is a national rating system that measures best practices in environmental stewardship, economic prosperity and social equity. Read the entire “Reno Resilience: 2017 Sustainability Report” at /showdocument?id=73671. Reno is striving to move up to a 4-STAR Community rating by continuing to improve on its goals and objectives. We are very interested in helping to improve the “Aging in the Community” category which encourages planning for an aging population with supportive neighborhoods and networks, accessible and inclusive services and assistance for older adults who want to stay in their current home and community. Reno only received a 34% rating in this important category.

One way to improve is to become an Age-Friendly/ Livable Community, which both the Reno and Washoe County senior advisory groups are pursuing. Another is to conduct a satisfaction survey of local elders to find out how well the community is meeting their needs. Both senior boards are now working with the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency (TMRPA) to create an online survey that asks seniors to give their opinions about quality of life, housing, transportation and access to service information. It also asks them to suggest how government budgets should be spent on various services. This survey will be on the TMRPA (, City of Reno ( and Washoe County ( orsrv) websites in May and through the summer. We will also be at many Older Americans Month (OAM) events with laptops, tablets and smartphones to allow you to take the survey in person. Please take a few minutes to take the survey online or at an OAM event. Your opinion is very important to us!

OAM Update: Help needy seniors by driving by and dropping off your donations to Stuff-A-Bus for Seniors at Greater Nevada Field on May 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The May 21 Stuff-a-Bus Distribution Day is cancelled. Seniors can get toiletries and other items any day after May 20 at the 9th Street Washoe County Senior Center front desk. Pick up your OAM booklet at senior centers, community centers, libraries, and local government offices or download at the websites above. Choose from over 100 activities and events. Join us at Closing Ceremonies at 10 a.m. on May 31 at Evelyn Mount NE Community Center. Engage at Every Age!

For more information, please contact Donna at (775) 240-2745 or