This is the beginning of the first GrumbleSmiles project examining the idea of Coventry as an Age Friendly City. These are the results of our survey of our first group our “expert” explorers. More results will be published in subsequent posts.
They comprised forty six older people who live in Coventry. They were self-selected and so were not intended to be representative of the true demographic of the 40,000+ older people living in Coventry. By virtue of the fact that the events were held at the Technology Park, it seems reasonable to assume that the participants are likely to be more active, more connected and more computer literate, and also more healthy.
Preliminary comments on the graph results are entirely my own and will hopefully be further qualified by comments from the “expert” participants.
The age profile of the participants is slanted toward the younger end of the older people spectrum, probably because the location of the venue was not easily accessible. Therefore older less mobile people were under represented.
Footnote:- We must be able to find the age profile of Coventry’s older population.
A one third male / two thirds female split corresponds with experience elsewhere, especially for the younger age range in the profile.
Half the participants were married with a current partner. However, half were single, which is probably a significant factor in terms of loneliness and isolation.