Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults: Help Plan for a More Aging Friendly Community

A group of older adults

Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults 
Fairfax County, together with the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, continues to collect input to learn more about the aging experience in our area to plan for a more aging-friendly community.

The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA) was sent to a scientifically random sample of adults ages 50 and older in early 2022. The survey information will be used to inform the SHAPE the Future of Aging Plan, a strategic plan for aging services. 

 

SHAPE the Future of Aging Town Halls
The plan includes collecting additional input from the community. If you would like to attend an upcoming town hall meeting, please register:

Monday, Oct. 31, 2022 - Register
10 to 11:30 a.m. 
Reston Community Center - Rooms 1, 2, 3 & 4
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 - Register
10 to 11:30 a.m. 
Hybla Valley Community Center - Gymnasium 
7950 Audubon Avenue
Alexandria, VA, 22306

Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 - Register
1:30 to 3 p.m. 
Fairfax County Government Center - Room 120-C
12000 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 - Register
1:30 to 3 p.m. 
Annandale Heritage Center – Rooms A & B
7611 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

Your input from the town hall meetings will be used to help inform the SHAPE the Future of Aging Plan, a strategic plan for aging services.
 


Additional Information
The community survey asked for information about the lifestyles of older adults, including opportunities to work, socialize and volunteer, as well as issues they face, such as retirement, housing and caregiving, and their use of community services like public transportation and senior centers.   
  
Shape the Future of Aging LogoThe survey was available in Arabic, English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. The information collected will be used to inform the SHAPE the Future of Aging Plan.    
 
The previous CASOA was distributed in 2019 as part of the 50+ Community Action plan. The final report of that survey was presented to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2019 and contributed to development of the Fairfax Countywide Strategic Plan.    

 

Timeline

  • February 2022: Randomly-selected adults – age 50 and over – were selected to participate in the CASOA survey. 
  • Spring/summer 2022: Staff reviewed and analyzed survey results. 
  • September 20, 2022: Staff presented the survey report to the Board of Supervisors Older Adults Committee.
  • September 21, 2022: Staff presented results to the Commission on Aging
  • October/November 2022: Additional community input collected at town hall meetings.

 

Questions?
If you need assistance or have questions, please call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

 

Commonwealth of Virginia Survey of Community Members 60+
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services (DARS) is also conducting a separate, statewide survey to seek public insight from older Virginians on aging issues in the Commonwealth. DARS is also using the CASOA instrument, and results will inform the development of the next State Plan for Aging Services (Oct. 1, 2023 – Sept. 30, 2027), which guides the Commonwealth’s implementation of Older Americans Act programs and services and seeks to coordinate a statewide response to meeting the needs of older Virginians. 


DARS encourages all Virginians who are age 60 and older to respond to an online open participation version of the survey available between October 13-27, 2022. To participate visit https://polco.us/va2022. Please note the survey will open on October 13.


DARS has made the online survey available in Arabic, English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.


The findings from DARS’ online participation survey will be integrated into their needs assessment. The results will enable state agencies, local governments, community-based organizations, the private sector and other community members to understand more thoroughly and predict more accurately the services and resources required to serve older Virginians and their caregivers.


For more information, please contact DARS at 804-662-9310.

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