AAA Director Survey
Center on Aging and Policy
At
Mount Saint Mary College
Newburgh, N.Y. 12550
Dear Director:    
    We are conducting a national survey of all directors of Area Agencies on Aging. Our research study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and we are most interested in your opinions about evolving directions in service provision by AAAs. The specific aims of our study relate to health promotion, disease prevention and civic engagement in late life.
    The survey will take only fifteen to twenty minutes to complete and it can be returned in the enclosed self-addressed envelope. Alternatively, you may also respond to the survey online at:                www.centeronagingandpolicy.com/survey_t.htm
    We will send all survey participants a summary of our findings and a Certificate of Appreciation suitable for framing. In addition, there will be a drawing from completed surveys and three prizes will be offered: an Ipod, a web-camera and a $100 Barnes and Noble gift certificate.
    Participation in the survey is voluntary and data reported will not identify participants or their organization. We hope you will answer as many questions as you can in order to help us have a successful survey. We thank you for your support and interest.                                                            
Dr. Lawrence T. Force              force@msmc.edu                845.569.3164
Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahana               kahana@msmc.edu             845.569.3151
Service Provision
1. How important is it for AAAs, working within current resources, to provide services to meet the following needs of older adults?
  Very important   Important   Somewhat important   Of little importance   Not at all important
a. Basic needs (food/shelter)        
b. Health promotion and disease prevention        
c. Social activities        
d. Educational programs        
e. Civic engagement        
f. Financial management        
2. How important is it for AAAs, working within current resources, to introduce new programs for...
a. prevention and health promotion?
 
 
 
 
 
b. facilitation of civic engagement?
 
 
 
 
 
Services Now Provided by your AAA
3. Which of the following services does your AAA provide (check all that apply):
Health promotion and disease prevention:
  AAA provides directly   AAA provides via subcontracts   AAA does not provide
a. Exercise programs    
b. Nutrition counseling    
c. Health screening    
d. Dental screening    
e. Falls prevention    
f. Mental health counseling    
g. Health care consumer education    
h. Consumer advocacy    
Social programs:
  AAA provides directly   AAA provides via subcontracts   AAA does not provide
i. Educational programs    
j. Social activities    
k. Volunteer opportunities    
l. Computer literacy training    
m. Community networks    
Transportation services:
  AAA provides directly   AAA provides via subcontracts   AAA does not provide
n. To medical appointments    
o. For grocery shopping    
p. To senior centers    
q. To cultural and social activities    
r. For volunteer activities    
4. Does your AAA provide any innovative services for prevention and health promotion?
 
 
5. Does your AAA provide any innovative services for social activities and civic engagement?
 
 
6. Which of the following resources and strategies have you used to develop innovative services at your AAA:
  Yes   No
a. Private fundraising  
b. Private grants  
c. State grants  
d. Partnering with other agencies  
e. Other  
7. How much of a barrier did each of the following present to new program developments?
  Not at all   A little   Some   Much   A great deal
a. Financial resources        
b. Staff acceptance        
c. Political environment        
d. Existing service providers who contract with AAAs        
e. Custoner acceptance        
8. For which of the following special needs populations do you now provide services?
  Yes   No
a. Developmentally disabled  
b. Mentally ill  
c. HIV-AIDS patients  
d. Terminally ill patients  
e. Non-English speakers  
f. Homeless  
9. Do you currently provide services to the well-elderly in the communities that you serve?
 
 
10. Do any of your programs require a fee for service?
 
 
11. Which outreach programs do you use to contact seniors in the community?
  Yes   No
a. Newsletters  
b. Brochures  
c. Public speaking  
d. Door-to-door contact  
e. Other  
12. Staff characteristics at your AAA:
  1-15   16-30   31 or more
a. Approximate number of full-time staff    
b. Approximate number of part-time staff    
c. Approximate number of volunteers    
e. Do you have any dedicated staff members focused on issues of health promotion and disease prevention?
 
 
f. Do you have any dedicated staff members focused on social activities/ civic engagement?
 
 
g. Do you have any dedicated staff who are grant writers?
 
 
h. How would you characterize the work environment at your agency in terms of formality?
 
 
 
 
 
i. How would you characterize staff involvement in organizational decision-making at your AAA?
 
 
 
 
 
j. What is your total annual budget?
 
 
 
13. Client characteristics:
b. What is the percentage of urban clients served?
 
 
 
c. What is the percentage of rural clients served?
 
 
 
d. What is the percentage of minority clients served?
 
 
 
e. What is the percentage of clients served that are below the federal poverty level?
 
 
 
f. What is the percentage of clients served that are homebound?
 
 
 
g. What is the percentage of high income/affluent clients served?
 
 
 
14. Agency director background:
a. What is your gender?
 
15. To what extent do you consider changes in service provision to be desirable?
 
 
 
 
 
16. To what extent has your agency been involved in the following initiatives?
  A great deal   Much   Some   A little   Not at all
a. Private fundraising        
b. Applied for private foundation grants        
c. Developed partnerships with other agencies        
d. Other initiatives (creative programs)        
17. What do you consider to be the three most important factors for success in developing new programs at AAAs?
18. What do you consider to be the three most important barriers to new program development?
19. During the past two years, has your AAA:
  Yes   No
a. Offered a new service to a new user group?  
b. Offered an existing service to a new user group?  
c. Offered an new service to an existing user group?  
d. Made major improvements or modifications to an existing service for an existing user group?  
22. If you are a long-serving AAA director (ten years or more), would you be willing to participate in a telephone oral history interview (about 30 minutes) arranged at your convenience? This interview is intended to better understand the history of service development at AAAs across the country. Participants will receive a $50 gift certificate.
 
 
Thank you again for your time and interest in this NIH funded research project.
 

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