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Friday, May 15, 2015

COA participates in national research on older adults

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For the fourth year, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is partnering with UnitedHealthcare and the National Council on Aging to conduct the United States of Aging survey.

Previously, the national survey focused on the opinions of older Americans, but to achieve an even deeper understanding of how older adults and their communities are addressing aging issues, the research has been expanded.

For the first time, qualitative information has been gathered in Denver and Cincinnati. Interviews with Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) staff, as well as other aging experts and practitioners in Cincinnati, recently concluded. Additionally, the scope of this year’s survey has been expanded to involve not only older adults, but also professionals who work closely with the older adult population, including staff from Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) along with physicians, pharmacists and credit union staff.

According to COA Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Burke, “We appreciate the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the varied needs of older adults in our community and hope that this research will serve as a catalyst for the development of new and innovative strategies to address those needs in the future.”

The results of the 2015 United States of Aging survey will be released this summer at community events to be held in Cincinnati and Denver and through local and national media.

For more information on the United States of Aging Survey or to review last year’s results, please visit The United States of Aging at NCOA.org.

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