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Agency on Aging: Survey on needs

FRESNO – The Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging is asking seniors to participate in a survey released to coincide with Older Americans Month in May.

“Fresno and Madera counties are home to an incredibly diverse group of older adults, and that older population is growing every day,” Executive Director Jean Robinson said. “With so many priorities competing for attention, it’s important to focus on the needs of the oldest and frailest. Through responsive research, and by learning which services older adults define as most essential, we can plan programs and services that can help them remain independent for as long as possible.”

The 2019 Survey of Older Adults will help the Agency on Aging plan services for the next four years.

The survey is available in in English and Spanish and is comprised of 40 questions on topics ranging from mobility and activities to nutrition and connections. Participation is as simple as checking boxes, and the survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Both paper and online versions are available, with the online version available at fmaaa.org/survey.

“Older Americans Month is a great opportunity to call attention to our older adult community, to recognize their contributions and to learn about their needs,” Robinson said. “The month’s theme is ‘Connect, Create, Contribute,’ our Survey of Older Adults is a great opportunity to do exactly that; to connect with resources, to create a plan for the future, and to contribute experience toward shaping those services for years to come.”

Survey responses will be combined with other research and public hearing feedback, all to craft the Agency’s 2020-2024 Four-Year Area Plan. The Plan will be submitted to the State of California’s Department of Aging to help direct federal and State funds toward addressing the unique needs of Fresno and Madera counties’ older adult residents.

The FMAAA connects older adults with programs, services and resources they can use to maintain and improve quality of life as they age. For more information about the Agency, visit fmaaa.org or call 600-4405.

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