David Stone
Filling out the survey at the Senior Center. Assistance available.
Filling out the survey at the Senior Center. Assistance available.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Last Thursday, Carter Burden Network CEO Bill Dionne introduced the AdvantAge Survey, a nationwide effort by the Visiting Nurse Service to come up with fresh ideas to better serve seniors. The goal is to identify basic needs at the source and figure out how best to address them.

Copies of the confidential survey are available at the Senior Center, 546 Main Street, where assistance in completing it is also available. See Yulisa Santana or Lisa Fernandez, if you have any questions.

If you're over 60, live on Roosevelt Island and are computer savvy, you can answer all the questions quickly and securely online by clicking here. It took me less than 10 minutes to breeze through it, but you might want to take longer with sections where you're welcome to enter comments. It shouldn't take longer than 20 minutes, in any case.

One option is to take it online, using computers available at the Senior Center. Ask for help, if you need it.

So, what's it all about?

The ultimate goals for the Advantage Initiative is nurturing a an "elder-friendly community" addressing basic needs, optimizing physical and mental health well-being, promoting social and civic engagement, and maximizing independence for frail and disabled individuals.

This national survey is being conducted nationally, addressing the needs of communities from Washington to Florida.

More than 20 New York City neighborhoods are currently in progress.

What's in it for me?

We all benefit when a survey helps make our neighborhood a better place for older adults. Completing it's the best way to figure out what's working for seniors what needs to be changed. Your opinions and experiences in your own neighborhood are invaluable resources.

And, as a fun bonus, you get a chance, if you complete the survey by the end of November, to win one of 25 gift cards worth $25 each in a drawing.

So, stop by the CBN/RI Senior Center and grab a copy or ask for help in completing the survey. It's completely confidential. Neither your name nor your contact information will be connected to your answers in any way.

Even easier, if you have a computer handy, take it online, in the comfort of your home.

However you go about it, you help make Roosevelt Island a better place to thrive than it would be without you.