By Jon Hagheyaghi and Bob Sivertsen
Alaska Commission on Aging 

Commission on Aging: Thank you for your feedback


April 1, 2023 | View PDF

On behalf of the Alaska Commission on Aging, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for your outstanding participation in the recent Senior Survey. Your response rate was double that of the Commission’s previous survey, demonstrating that your voices are being heard and that your opinions matter. By sharing your opinions, you have helped us to identify key areas where we can improve the lives of Alaska seniors.

The results of the Senior Survey indicate that maintaining physical health, access to healthcare, and financial security are top priorities for Alaska seniors, with 87%, 85%, and 84% of respondents rating them as very important, respectively. These findings suggest that more needs to be done to ensure that seniors have access to quality healthcare and that they can afford to live comfortably in their golden years.

Social isolation and transportation services were also identified as high priorities for seniors across the state, indicating that seniors are looking for ways to stay connected with their communities and maintain their independence as they age. These results are consistent with what we have been hearing from seniors throughout the state, and we will continue to work to address these important issues.

The Alaska Commission on Aging is committed to incorporating your concerns into the State Plan for Senior Services: FFY2024-FFY2027. This plan will guide our efforts to advocate for improved access to healthcare, increase financial security, and address issues related to social isolation and transportation services. We will work closely with policymakers, community leaders and other stakeholders to make sure that your needs are being met.

In closing, we would like to thank you once again for your participation in the Senior Survey. Your voices are important, and we are committed to advocating for your concerns and ensuring that Alaska seniors receive the support and services they need to age with dignity and independence.

Jon Haghayeghi, Ph.D., is the Alaska Commission on Aging executive director. Bob Sivertsen is the commission board president.


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