Older Adults

Goal: Increase or maintain independent living factors for vulnerable, low-income older adults.

Strategy 1: Senior Crisis Intervention

A senior citizen on a fixed income can quickly find themselves in crisis, which can jeopardize their ability to maintain their independence. We support programs that intervene when seniors need it most to keep them from losing their homes, get the medical care they need, pay their utility bills and more.

Strategy 2: Senior Service Network Navigation

Connecting seniors with the network of services available to them is vital to ensuring low-income seniors can stay independent as long as possible. We support programs that provide services, information, support, referral and advocacy to prevent seniors from losing their independence.

Strategy 3: Senior Social Integration

Remaining a part of the social fabric of our community has a documented positive affect on a senior citizen's ability to stay healthy and independent for as long as possible. We support programs that provide activities to help seniors improve or maintain social integration. 

Why This Matters

  • Nearly everyone wants to grow old in their own home, regardless of physical, cognitive, or economic abilities. Recent research on home-based health programs suggests that aging in place can yield potential cost savings at the individual, state, and federal levels. Although the current body of research is limited, these studies demonstrate the benefits of aging in place — benefits that extend beyond cost savings to include social and emotional benefits to both seniors and the broader community.1
  • Over half of seniors in our County live alone (52%). Sadly, some seniors will achieve their goal of aging in place but feel isolated and lonely. Nearly half of seniors (47%) in a recently completed survey report not having someone they could borrow $100 from in an emergency.2 Health studies show that older, isolated people have much higher rates of mortality from breast cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and other chronic diseases. According to researchers, being isolated is just as bad for people as smoking and is worse than being obese.3&4
1 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Measuring the Costs and Savings of Aging in Place.” 
60+ Survey of Washtenaw County (September 2014)
3 Holt-Lundstad, J., Smith, T.B. and Layton, J. B. "Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review." July 2010.
4 Ekwall AK, Sivberg B, Hallberg IR. Loneliness as a predictor of quality of life among older caregivers. J Adv Nurs. 2005;49(1):23-32

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