CLEARWATER — The Pinellas Community Foundation and the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas are joining forces to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of the area’s aging community. Nearly 30 percent of residents in Pinellas and Pasco counties are over 60 years old.

“This assessment is critical to determining if we are preparing correctly to support the growing number of residents who are over 60 as their needs change,” said Duggan Cooley, Pinellas Community Foundation CEO. “There hasn’t been a comprehensive needs assessment done like this before.”

The goal of the assessment is to gather direct feedback from residents aged 60 and over to identify unmet needs.

“We’ll be seeking feedback about overall community quality, current services in the community, participation in activities, health and wellness, design and land use, and disaster preparedness,” said Ann Marie Winter, executive director, Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas.

A survey — the Community Assessment Survey of Older Adults — will be sent to 10,000 randomly selected households across every Pinellas and Pasco zip code in which at least one resident is known to be aged 60 and over.

Surveys will be sent the week of April 8. Residents will receive a postcard in advance as well as instructions (in both English and Spanish) with the survey. The survey will be mailed in English and available online in Spanish.

Residents are encouraged to complete the survey to provide critical information. Residents who have questions may contact the AAAPP helpline at 727-217-8111. Data collection will continue through May 21.