As the Department of Senior Services plans for the construction of the Newton Center for Active Living (NewCAL) project at 345 Walnut Street in Newtonville, which will open in 2025, the City of Newton has partnered with the University of Massachusetts Boston to conduct a needs assessment of the experiences, interests, and long-term needs of Newton residents age 60+.

The UMass team is researching demographic information, facilitating focus groups, and will gather important information from a survey that was mailed on January 22 to a random sample of 5,000 Newton residents age 60+ and is also available online.

The survey will help us plan for the future of programming and services offered at NewCAL and will inform city leaders about residents’ priorities on issues of livability. Every resident age 60+ is encouraged to participate.

By completing the survey, you can have your voice heard about your experience of living in Newton, what matters to you, today, and emerging issues that may impact you over the next 5 to 10 years. More information about requesting a survey can be found below.

Important dates to remember:

  • The survey was mailed on January 22 to a random sample of 5,000 Newton residents age 60+.
  • Survey deadline has been extended to February 23. Please mail the completed survey back in the envelope that will be enclosed.

Requesting a Survey

If you did not receive a survey, there are three ways you can make your voice heard about the needs of Newton seniors:

  • Go to the online survey between January 22 and February 23 to complete the survey and submit it online.
  • Use the QR code to access the online survey and complete it between January 22 and February 23. (How to use a QR code? Hold your smartphone up to the image in “camera” mode and then click the link that appears.)
  • Go to the Senior Center, at 20 Hartford Street, or call the Front Desk, at 617-796-1675, to request a paper copy.

If you need assistance completing the questionnaire or have questions, please call UMass Boston at 617-287-7413, and a staff member will return your call.

Drop-off Locations

If you request a paper copy, please fill it out and drop it off at one of the following sites:

  • Newton Free Library’s Circulation Desk, on the first floor, located at 330 Homer Street.
  • Newton City Hall’s Customer Service Desk, on the first floor, located at 1000 Commonwealth Avenue.
  • Brigham House (the interim site of the Senior Center) Front Desk – located at 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands.
  • West Suburban YMCA’s Front Desk, at both sites: located at 276 Church Street or 135 Wells Avenue.
  • Parks, Rec, and Culture Department’s Front Desk, located at 246 Dudley Road.
  • Any Senior Center program or activity at the Hyde Community Center, located at 90 Lincoln Street. Look for the Program Assistant at the event.
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