Community Partnerships for Older Adults (CPOA) Program Survey of Older Adults, 2002 [United States] (ICPSR 4301)

Published: Oct 26, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
Randall Brown, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; William Black, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

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This survey is one component of the evaluation of the Community Partnerships for Older Adults (CPOA) Program, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at promoting improvements in the organization and delivery of long-term care and supportive services for older adults through local public-private community partnerships. The survey interviewed a representative sample of older adults aged 50 and over in 13 communities that were awarded development grants by the program. Designed to obtain baseline data about each community's population and to provide information to target the CPOA's activities in the most effective way, the survey interviewed respondents about supportive and long-term care services for older adults in their communities, including the availability, use of, and quality of the services and sources of information about them. Respondents were asked if they expected to stay in their community, if their homes needed repairs or modifications to improve their ability to live in them, how important it was to be able to live in their own home as they grew older, the age at which they thought they would need help to continue living in their own home, and the age at which they thought they could no longer live at home because of health problems. The survey also collected information on health status, problems with activities of everyday life, health insurance coverage and long-term care insurance, hospital stays, living arrangements, social activities, support from family and friends, access to transportation, and demographic characteristics.

Brown, Randall, and Black, William. Community Partnerships for Older Adults (CPOA) Program Survey of Older Adults, 2002 [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-10-26.

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Variable AGENUM (single years of age) is restricted from general dissemination for reasons of confidentiality. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to these data through the ICPSR restricted data contract portal, which can be accessed via the study home page.



Households were selected using list-assisted random-digit-dialing, and one respondent was randomly selected in each eligible household. Respondents who were classified as "vulnerable" or "decision makers" were oversampled in most sites to achieve the target number of interviews. To qualify as vulnerable, a person had to be aged 60 or over and had to meet at least one of the following criteria: (1) needed help bathing, (2) used a cane, walker, or wheelchair, (3) rated their health as fair or poor, (4) was afraid to be alone for more than two hours, (5) had a chronic illness, (6) was of advanced age (75 or over) A decision maker was identified as someone aged 50 or over who made decisions about the living arrangements or assistance with personal care for a vulnerable person in the grantee community. In all sites except Fulton County, the overall target was 400 interviews, of which at least half were to be members of the vulnerable or decision maker groups. In Fulton County, the overall target was increased to 550 interviews.

Adults aged 50 and over in 13 communities that were awarded CPOA development grants:

  1. Boston, Massachusetts
  2. Broome County, New York
  3. Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, Vermont
  4. El Paso County, Texas
  5. Harris County, Texas
  6. Maui Island, Hawaii
  7. Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
  8. Riverside County, California
  9. St. Clair County, Michigan
  10. San Francisco County, California
  11. Columbia and Union Counties, Arkansas
  12. Upper Peninsula (Keweenaw, Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Gogebic Counties), Michigan
  13. Fulton County, Georgia.

survey data

The response rate averaged 63.0 percent across the 13 sites.




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