Why is this important?
One measure of a caring community is the extent to which it creates an environment that strengthens all aspects of the health and well-being of seniors over age 65 and helps improve their quality of life. This dashboard includes measures relating to the use of community based programs and services for seniors, including those who are homebound, those experiencing elder abuse and addiction and services for Holocaust survivors.
What are the trends?
Seniors are tapping into all community support services in greater numbers. With the aging of the population, seniors living longer, and incomes unable to support growing needs as people age, seniors are becoming more reliant on the social safety network provided by the community. Increases are evident across the board.
A community imperative is to ensure dignity for vulnerable seniors and Holocaust survivors. A response to this need is the Door to Door initiative, developed as part of the community’s Collective Impact approach to end Jewish poverty in the community. The planning is well underway to ensure service gaps are addressed in such a manner that seniors receive all services they require to live a dignified life.
How are we doing?
Within the context of flat or decreased government funds and increased demand for services, there is considerable pressure on the social service agencies to meet growing needs.