On Monday phones will start ringing for seniors. "27 questions, I think it will take no more than 20 minutes on the telephone," says Community Prosecutor, Trish Mahre. Mesa County officials say the population of residents over 60 in the Grand Valley is expected to surge, and to get ready for the growth the county is doing a phone survey.
Mahre says, "Hopefully people receiving phone calls will understand that by helping to provide us some information we are going to all be more efficient in the work that we do on behalf of seniors to better communicate with them on sharing resources." The county says it want to find out how seniors get their information and how they prefer to get it. "Whether it be TV, newspaper, radio, bulletin boards, friends, church, things like that," says Mahre.
Tillie Bishop the chair of the Seniors Leadership Commission says it's important for senior to participate. "It will give us an opportunity to do a survey of all of the services that are in the Mesa County available to senior citizens."
The county wants to talk with seniors who live on their own or with other seniors. Bishop says, "We feel that we are doing something that brings together services for senior services that have become very confusing when you're filling out papers or you are making a telephone call trying to tell somebody you need help."
The commission will hold their first seminars in October focusing on protecting senior's personal information.