Faculty and Student Research
The Center offers faculty, students, staff and community-partners a unique platform for disciplinary and interdisciplinary applied research related to healthy aging. The following reports and position papers are evidence of the work conducted through the Center.
Research projects that inform and guide the development of programs and policies that help everyone age well.
Idaho Commission on Aging Needs Assessment Survey, 2012
The Center for the Study of Aging collected the opinions of those 50 and older to provide information for future planning for the long-term care needs of older Idahoans. In addition the findings were compared with those gathered in 2008 and used to identify changes in the older adult population in Idaho. Learn more >>
Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS): Needs Assessment of Individuals Who Are Homebound
Students and researchers working through the Center for the Study of Aging designed and implemented a survey to examine the service delivery needs among individuals who are homebound due to disability and/or old age. Recruitment of participants was limited to individuals receiving services from Meals on Wheels providers in Ada and Canyon counties. Of the 113 survey respondents, 62.8% were female, living alone (70.8%), and had an annual income of less than $25,000 (69%). Over 50% of respondents indicated a need for: Home Delivered Meals, EMS, Homemaker Services, Transportation, Medical Care, Home Health Aide, Shopping Assistance, Dental Care, Home Repair, Benefits Counseling, and Yard Care. The services most commonly identified as both needed and unaffordable were Dental Care, Homemaker Services, and Transportation. Learn more >>
Employment Related Supports: Opportunities and Challenges for the Idaho Home Choice Program
An understanding of the processes and policies that impact employment for individuals with disabilities and older adults is essential as the state implements the Idaho Home Choice Program (IHCP). The IHCP is designed to support the transition of individuals with disabilities and older adults from long-term institutional care into home and community-based settings. This report provides a systems analysis of employment supports in Idaho and was prepared for the Idaho State Centers for Independent Living. Learn more >>
Idaho Fit and Fall Proof TM (FFP) Program Sustainability Assessment, 2011
A sustainability assessment of the Fit and Fall Proof™ Program (FFP) was conducted by the Center for the Study of Aging at the request of the Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (IPAN), Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW). The assessment included two activities:
- a survey of participants in the FFP program Learn more >>
- and a survey of public health district coordinators of the FFP program. Learn more >>