The Cambrian

Senior survey underway to find out what services are needed in Cambria

Seniors have only two weeks left to fill out and submit an important survey that could help local providers determine what services are needed in Cambria and assist them in getting grants to provide those services.

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) survey includes multiple-choice questions about things “that I need help with,” “that concern me” or “make it difficult to get help,” along with support services that the senior already uses.

Some more personal questions are asked, but answers can’t be traced back to respondents, because the survey is done anonymously.

The deadline for seniors 60 and older, and their caregivers, to fill out and submit the survey is Feb. 28. The process is being managed locally by the Cambria Connection Seniors Committee.

Priscilla Westby Mikesell is a member of that committee, and she’s shepherding the surveys.

She said the survey could help AAA get grants “in these tight economic times when we are all trying to stretch our dollars to cover basic necessities.”

Mikesell said the coastal northern end of the county can be overlooked, and there’s often a misconception “that everyone is wealthy in Cambria.

Many seniors don’t know what services there are and how to get access to them, she said. There’s also a huge need “to go beyond the stigma of asking for help, whether one is high income or low income.”

For details, call her at 927-8206.

The survey can be taken online at

The survey form was printed on Page 11 of The Cambrian’s Feb. 7 edition.

Copies also are available at the Cambria Connection in the Palmer Building, 870 Main St.; Cambria Library, 900 Main St.; The Cambrian, 2442 Main St.; Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St.; Gym One, 1266 Tamson Drive, Suite 101; Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (formerly Dr. David McBride’s office), 2515 Main St.; Cambria Drug and Gift, 2222 Main St.; and doctor’s offices and churches.

The survey can be downloaded at loads/Needs-Assessment-2012-final.pdf and mailed to AAA at 528 South Broadway, Santa Maria CA 93454 or faxed to 925-9555.

The survey is also posted with this story; the image can be copied to a computer desktop and then opened and printed out.

The Area Agency provides information and services to seniors and their caregivers in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.