Survey being conducted for seniors in county |

Survey being conducted for seniors in county

Aspen Times Staff Report

A group studying aging issues will be conducting telephone surveys in Pitkin County through mid-April.

Older adults in the county will be asked their opinions on quality of life, nutritional needs, health and in-home service needs, transportation options, their role in caring for another family member and social networks. Only a small portion of households will receive calls.

Results from the survey will be used to improve the health and wellness of residents in Pitkin, Eagle, Grand, Jackson and Summit counties, according to officials from the Alpine Area Agency on Aging, the organization conducting the survey.

The telephone interview will take approximately 20 minutes and will be available in English and Spanish.

“We want older adults who receive these calls to know how important their feedback is to our future planning efforts,” said the agency’s Jean Hammes in a press release. “This information will be used to provide direction for future funding decisions and guide development of programs and services for older adults and their caregivers in our cities and counties and in the state Legislature.”

The survey will be conducted by National Research Center in Boulder. Interviewers will not ask for the participant’s Social Security number, and all answers will be kept confidential and anonymous. The information will be analyzed at the county level and at the regional level. Scientific sampling and weighting of the responses in each county will be used to ensure accurate and reliable results.

The final report will be completed in late summer and will be released to the public. To receive more information about the survey, or to obtain information about programs, resources and services for older adults in the area, call the Alpine Area Agency on Aging at 970-468-0295.