Older Adults and Healthy Aging

Did you know?

  • By 2030, nearly one out of every five Coloradoans will be 65 years or older.
  • According to the Colorado State Demographer, between 2015 and 2020, Weld County will be seeing a 30% growth in 75-84 year old individuals and a 21% growth in the 85-90+ year old group.
  • As people live longer, more services specifically for seniors are needed, both for those aging in place at home, and for those living in long-term care facilities.
  • In Weld County, 7.3% of those 65+ live below the poverty level—that’s 2,228 seniors. In Fort Lupton, that number more than doubles to 20% of those 65+ living in poverty.
  • Last year, programs and services funded by United Way of Weld County provided 2,092 van rides for older adults to allow them to remain independent to travel to grocery stores, banks, medical appointments, senior centers, churches, beauty salons and to visit loved ones in nursing homes.

Nationally and locally the aging services network is anticipating an increased need for community-based supportive services in order to live healthy, independent, and productive lives. There will be an increased need for activities such as home-delivered meals, transportation, homemaker and personal care services, case management services, and chore services, to list just a few. According to professionals working with seniors in Weld County, transportation and housing are overwhelmingly the largest challenges older adults in Weld County face today. They also state that there is a gap in services for homemaker and personal care in the rural areas. A 2010 Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults survey indicated that 8,694 (25%) seniors have experienced at least a minor problem accessing safe and affordable transportation.

To better align the investments it makes in agency programs with ongoing older adults work in the county, United Way is presently facilitating a community-wide planning and goal setting process for Older Adults and Health Aging efforts in Weld County. Find out more and read about the progress of this effort.  Contact Melanie Falvo for more information and to get involved.
After Mary retired, she was looking forward to spending time with her granddaughters. She never imagined that she would become their primary caretaker after her daughter died in a work accident. On a fixed income, Mary struggled each month to make ends meet. When her car broke down, she didn’t know what to do. Mary turned to a local collection of volunteers and agencies seeking to help at-risk older adults. Not only did they connect her with financial help, but they provided Mary with resources for the children and helped Mary find a support group of other grandparents raising grandchildren.