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of technical assistance to target (1) those elderly in the greatest

social and economic need and (2) minority elderly. However, they generally do not provide the same level of technical assistance to state units to help them obtain demographic information about the elderly populations in their respective geographic areas. (See table 1.) This is important, because without this information it is difficult if not impossible for these agencies to determine what fraction of the eligible population has been reached, or whether targeting is improving or declining vis-a-vis that population.

Table 1:

Combined Percentage of Regional offices and National Resource
Centers Indicating They provide Various Levels of Technical
Assistance to State Units

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a percentages may not total 100 because of rounding.

Unmet Needs for Technical Assistance

To determine whether the technical assistance that is

provided actually meets the perceived needs of state units on

aging, we asked officials from the state units to indicate the

extent of their unmet needs for technical assistance in the

area of targeting.

Although most officials from regional offices and resource

centers reported that they provide a great or very great amount

of technical assistance to help target those elderly

individuals in the greatest social and economic need, 18

percent of the state unit officials reported having great or very great unmet needs in this area. 4 Another 33 percent of

the state unit officials reported having moderate unnet needs.

Concerning technical assistance to target minority elderly persons, 24 percent of the state unit officials reported having great or very great unmet needs.

Another 22 percent of the

state unit officials reported having moderate unnet needs in

this area.

State unit officials also reported having unmet needs for

technical assistance on demographic information.

Twenty

percent of the state unit officials reported having great or

Horficials from a total of 49 state units and 17 area agencies indicated the extent of their unmet needs to us.

very great unmet needs for such technical assistance.

Another

16 percent of the state unit officials reported having moderate

unmet needs of this sort.

In summary, we found that a sizable proportion of

officials at state units on aging reported having at least

moderate unmet needs for technical assistance to (1) target

those elderly persons with the greatest social and economic needs, (2) target minority elderly persons, and (3) acquire demographic information on the elderly populations in their

respective geographic areas.

(See table 2.)

Table 2:

Percentage of State Units on Aging Indicating Various Levels of
Unmet Needs for Technical Assistance From Regional offices and
National Resource Centers

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