The Groton Council on Aging Future Planning Committee is preparing for your future. By the 2020 federal census it is estimated the senior population of Groton will be between 25 and 30 percent of the total town population, as is the estimate for the state.

With this growth, the needs of today’s and future senior residents should to be addressed; therefore, the Council on Aging Planning Committee is preparing goals for the next three, five and 10 years.

In your local census you will find an extensive survey (four pages front and back) that will serve as the foundation for this process. It is the goal of the COA Planning Committee that this comprehensive survey will shed some light on our future needs.

We are asking citizens 60 years and older to please complete it and return it with your census. The importance of participation cannot be stressed enough. We really want to understand the needs of our residents. This will make our planning process less challenging and your time in completing it will be well spent.

The survey, along with a Utilization Survey completed in October and November and the planned focus groups for January and February, will give the planning committee, COA staff and directors facts and figures to make educated decisions and proposals for our future.

Please be part of our future and complete your census survey. You may return it with your census, or you can simply drop it at Town Hall or the Senior Center.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Groton COA Planning Committee

Maydelle Gamester, COA Board Chair

George Faircloth

Gail Chalmers

Marie Melican