Figure 1. The percentage of the population 65+ in Missouri & Kansas (Census Demographics, 2016).
Figure 2. The number of people of 65 years and older who live in poverty in the Kansas City area (American FactFinder, 2016).
Figure 3. The percentage of people over age 55 needing assistance with activities of daily living by race (Health Data Interactive, 2016).
Kansas City, Kansas
Overland Park, Kansas
Kansas City, Missouri
Lees Summit, Missouri
Percentage of people over age 65
Percentage of people over age 65 years living in poverty
5. The table 1 can help to analyze the differences in the percentage of older people and their poverty level in different cities of the Kansas City area. Some geographic differences can be seen in the percentage of older adults in the Kansas City area compared to other counties of Kansas and Missouri. The geographic differences in the percentage of older adults in the Kansas City area vary from 10.7% in Kansas City (Kansas) to 12.5% in Lees Summit (Missouri) (see fig.1). In the majority of other counties of Kansas and Missouri, this percentage is higher. Thus, it can be stated that Kansas City area that includes Kansas City (Kansas), Overland Park (Kansas), Kansas City (Missouri), and Lees Summit (Missouri) is a young region. The number of older adults living in poverty across different cities in the Kansas City area is different. The highest percentage can be witnessed in Kansas City in both states, namely 10.3% in Kansas and 9.9% in Missouri (see fig. 2). In Overland Park, it is 5.4%, and the lowest percentage is in Lees Summit (Missouri), which amounts to only 3.7% (see fig. 2).
The activities of daily living vary by race and age. The statistics shows that the older is the age group, the higher percentage of people need help with activities of daily living. In general, only 2.4% of people of 55-64 years old need help (see fig. 3). For people from 65 to 74 years, this number is 3.5% (see fig. 3). For those from 75 to 84, the percentage is 7.5%, and it is the highest for people of 85 years old and over 18.2% (see fig. 3). By race, Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Blacks need more help than Non-Hispanic Whites.
In conclusion, the information from all tables can be useful for our project. As we plan to provide services for older people, it is better to concentrate them in areas where their percentage is the highest. It is also better to provide services in areas with a higher percentage of people living in poverty because they are less likely to afford paid services. Finally, it is necessary to focus more on races that need more help more, namely Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Blacks.