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, wants 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) will be sent to a scientifically random sample of adults ages 50 and older in the next few weeks. Selected recipients will receive an advance postcard to notify them that a letter and the survey will soon arrive.    
The survey will ask for information about the lifestyles of these 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 will be available in Arabic, English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. Information collected will be used to inform the SHAPE the Future of Aging Plan, a strategic plan for aging services. Those who receive the survey are encouraged to participate.  Those who don’t receive a survey will have a chance to contribute additional insight and feedback in the coming months.    
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.    

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Survey Timeline

  • February 2022: Randomly-selected adults – age 50 and over – will receive a post card in the mail indicating that they have been selected to participate in the survey. The selected respondents will receive their survey materials about a week later to be completed online or by returning the completed survey via mail.   
  • Spring/summer 2022: Staff will review and analyze survey results. 
  • Fall 2022: Staff will present the survey report to the Board of Supervisors Older Adults Committee. 

If you receive a survey in the mail, please follow the directions to complete it and return it.


Help Spread the Word

We have pulled together a collection of flyers, videos and other information to share with your community. Visit our CASOA Survey resources and toolkit page.



If you need assistance with the survey or have questions, please call 703-324-7948, TTY 711.

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