The purpose of this survey is to assist tribes, villages, and homesteads in creating a record of the health and social needs of their elders. Your survey results document the needs of your elders to help with tribal planning, long-term care discussions, and grant applications. They also satisfy the requirement for Title VI nutrition and caregiving grants from the Administration on Aging (AoA) which are awarded every 3 years
Data is collected on: general health status, activities of daily living, vision, hearing and dental care, screening, health care access, tobacco and alcohol usage, weight and nutrition, social support/housing, demographics and social functioning. The survey instrument was constructed using questions from nationally administered questionnaires so comparisons could be made with data from the general U.S. population. When you participate you will receive your detailed results as well as a compilation of the results from all the Native elders surveyed. These results are compared to statistics from the general U.S. population to determine the extent of existing social and health differences.
The survey cycle runs every three years to coincide with the grant cycle for the Administration on Aging. AoA awarded Title VI nutrition and caregiving grants in 2011. Please plan to start data collection for the next cycle between now and December 2013. That will allow ample time to organize, collect the data, obtain tribal approval for participation, and receive your results before you begin the next application cycle.
For more information about the needs assessment, please contact Ann Miller at (800) 896-7628.