In 2021, Fairfax County’s Health and Human Service’s Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) agency invited the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) to assist county efforts to develop an evidence-based framework to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors to support older adults’ well-being in Fairfax County. Older adults’ health and well-being is about much more than healthcare. It is social connections and engagement, housing, finances, transportation, and social services. Knowledge of which community-based strategies work and for whom can advance county efforts to create more equitable outcomes for Fairfax County older adults. Desired Outcomes:
Scoping Review: Systematic research synthesis and literature review involves a replicable set of search procedures to determine inclusion and exclusion criteria and checks for consistency.
Research Question: What are the system level community-based interventions that promote protective and mitigate risk factors influencing older adult wellbeing?
During Phase II, CSSR team conducted focus groups with County stakeholders to assess model applicability to Fairfax County. Focus groups participants were recruited from: The Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the LTCCC Equity in Aging and Adults with Disabilities Committee, Fairfax Council on Aging and direct service providers supporting county-level aging initiatives and county’s aging populations.