Survey Assesses Housing Needs of Seniors


Some local residents will soon receive a survey about an issue of concern to aging baby boomers and one that should concern their children, too.

The survey probes establishing a concept in Laguna Beach that could help seniors remain in their own homes with the support of an array of services that help them as their needs change.

The concept, known as Lifelong Laguna, is the brainchild of a senior housing task force appointed by the City Council to explore the housing needs of seniors. Other communities around the country have organized similar services for seniors, known as a virtual village.

Locally, such a concept has been named Lifelong Laguna, said task force chair Kristine Thalman, who wants locals to be on the lookout for an introductory letter and the survey. “I just don’t want people to throw it out,” she said. “We want a great response.”

Answering each of the 50 questions will likely take 15 minutes and responses will help guide the task force’s initiatives, Thalman said.

Laura Gil-Trejo, director of Cal State Fullerton social service research center, prepared the survey, underwritten by a city grant. The survey should arrive in the mailbox of about 20 percent of the town’s residents or 5,000 people.

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