(The following post and data visualization is by guest blogger Emily Wilson, highlighting her project for Prof. Harmon’s Economics service learning class).
With the growing size of the aging population in Connecticut, this project highlights the resources available for this population. Senior Centers and nursing facilities are scattered throughout the state, with the highest concentrations in the Connecticut River valley.
Future analysis could delve deeper into to the needs of the citizens in the smaller towns, which only offer either a nursing facility or a senior center to ensure that the senior population is receiving a sufficient amount of services. Additionally, future analysis could also include the proportion of seniors residing in each town in relation to the number and extent of services provided.