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National Resource Center on Native American Aging

Needs Assessment, Identifying Our Needs: A Survey of Elders

This survey assists tribes, villages, and homesteads in creating a record of the health and social needs of their Elders. Survey results document the needs of your Elders to help with tribal planning, long-term care discussions, and grant applications. The results also satisfy the requirement for Title VI nutrition and caregiving grants from the Administration on Community Living (ACL) which are awarded every three years.


Data is collected on:

  • General health status
  • Activities of daily living
  • Vision, hearing and dental care
  • Screening
  • Access
  • Tobacco and alcohol usage
  • Weight and nutrition
  • Social support/housing
  • Demographics
  • Social functioning


The survey was constructed using questions from nationally administered questionnaires so comparisons could be made with data from the general U.S. population. When you participate you will receive your detailed results as well as a compilation of the results from all the Native Elders surveyed. These results are compared to statistics from the general U.S. population to determine the extent of existing social and health differences.