The programs supported by our donors provide a wide range of services and touch the lives of over 20,000 people each year in the region… offering a comprehensive solution to many of the issues that older adults and people with disabilities face in our region. With the changing demographics of our state and region, services to older adults and people with disabilities are more important than ever and the needs will continue to grow as the population ages.
Here is a breakdown of the “over 60” population in 2013, in the three counties served by the foundation:
Total county population: 85,579
60 and older total population: 14,827
Percentage of county residents 60 and older: 17%
Total county population: 116,672
60 and older total population: 24,898
Percentage of county residents 60 and older: 21%
Total county population: 46,034
60 and older total population: 14,202
Percentage of county residents 60 and older: 31%
It is the Foundation’s goal to support programs that help seniors continue to live in their homes rather than having to move to a group setting. Not only is there a huge emotional and physical cost for a senior to have to leave home, but there is an even greater financial impact.
Comparing the cost of caring for one senior for one year through the Senior Companion Program (one of the programs we support) to the cost of a care provider in the home or placing the senior in an institutional setting, the choice becomes clear. Keeping seniors in their homes is the best scenario.