Consumer Directed Services

April 15, 2008


  • Suzanne R. Kunkel
  • Abbe Linscott
  • Jane K. Straker

With a grant from the Administration on Aging (AoA), the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) partnered with Scripps Gerontology Center to conducted the 2007 Aging Network Survey of all Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American programs in the nation. The survey was designed to assess AAA and Title VI involvement in services and programs consistent with AoA’s Choices for Independence. As part of the 2006 reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), this initiative seeks to modernize the current long-term care system using the following principles:

  • Enabling consumers to remain in their own homes through the provision of home and community-based long-term care;
  • Empowering consumers to stay active and healthy through disease prevention and health promotion services;
  • Streamlining access to home and community-based services; and
  • Enhancing organizational capacity of the aging network for home and community-based long-term care systems.

Structured around these principles, the survey was launched in June of 2007 to all AAAs (Title VI programs received the survey at a later date). Data collection concluded in December of 2007 with over 80% of AAAs responding.

Research Brief (PDF 238KB)


  • Home and Community Based Services