Washoe County Senior Services
Washoe County, like many US communities, is at a crossroads because of our rapidly aging society. We have important choices to make. Within 20 years the number of people over age 60 will double, and to protect those who are most vulnerable –frail, 85 years or older, with multiple chronic conditions and living alone –will require additional funding to provide needed services beyond what is currently available. Much needs to be done to prepare for what has been called the greatest social change of the 21st Century and to create supports for “aging in place” and to encourage independent and active lifestyles. Our goal is to shape affordable pathways that promote aging with dignity. The following Nevada-based statistics will help the public, planners, government managers, and elected officials make informed decisions about what services are needed now and in the future.
In June 2011, The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging in collaboration with the National Association of Counties, International City/County Managers Association, the National League of Cities, and Partners for Livable Communities, and funded by the MetLife Foundation, released The Maturing of America (http://www.n4a.org/pdf/MOAFinalReport.pdf). This report illustrated the need for an ever growing public presence in meeting the needs of a rapidly growing aging population. Recognizing this need, Washoe County Senior Services is developing a Master Plan on Aging Services Delivery. Key issues identified in the report will be used to focus the development of the Master Plan. They include the following topics:
- Health / Caregiving / Safety
- Home and Community-Based Care / Long-Term Care
- Civic Engagement
- Labor Force Participation / Economic Security
- Basic Needs (Transportation / Housing / Nutrition)
- Active Living
*Note* Click on each issue for a more detailed explnation of each topic in PDF format
The goal of the project will be to assure at Washoe County’s most vulnerable populations -- those who are frail, disabled, low income, and without family support systems – receive the care in a manner that meets their cultural frameworks and can allow them to safely and comfortably age in place.