ERIC Number: ED222841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Impact of an Area Agency on Aging on the Quality of Life among Black and Whites in a Southern S.M.S.A.
Trevino-Richard, Terry; And Others
The Area Agencies on Aging are the primary federally funded units charged with delivering basic services to older adults. A study of 145 older adults was conducted to determine the extent and effectiveness of services provided by a southern Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to an urban, black, elderly population in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Interview results showed that blacks utilized AAA services more frequently, were more knowledgeable about all AAA services, and tended to be more satisfied with services than their white counterparts. Despite this pattern, almost half of all blacks and whites did not know about the AAA, and fewer than 1 out of 3 blacks and approximately 1 out of 10 whites actually used the services. Lower income respondents and those with less education were more knowledgeable and tended to use the services more often. The findings indicate that the expected pattern of non-minorities having greater service utilization of AAA services was not supported. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Area Agency on Aging; Impact Studies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Western Gerontological Society (28th, San Diego, CA, February 27-March 3, 1982).