Update on the Erie County Older Adult Needs Assessment.
The Department of Senior Services conducts a formal needs assessment once every four years, as part of the mandatory Older Americans Act planning cycle. This process allows us to look at what services are in demand, where we are meeting that demand, and where we are falling short. This is an essential step in our evaluation efforts, and provides information that helps to guide both our program development initiatives, and our advocacy efforts.
In the upcoming months, we will be summarizing what we learned during the needs assessment efforts that we completed during 2011. A full report is expected to be released in the fall, and will include a descriptive look at our older adult population, and the changes that have taken place in that population over the forty years that our department has been serving Erie County’s seniors. As we complete our analysis, we will be issuing a number of short issue briefs that will present some of our needs assessment findings prior to the release of our full report.
Issue Brief 1: Social Isolation and Loneliness
Issue Brief 2: Weight, Diet, and Exercise
Issue Brief 3: Transportation
Issue Brief 4: Finances