February 2016: Senior Support

Senior SupportFebruary is Senior Support Month. Senior citizens are our parents and our grandparents, our great aunts and uncles, our teachers, mentors and neighbors. They are people who have contributed to the history of our community and our families in so many ways. They are treasured because of their long accumulated knowledge, wisdom and experience. And this month the Foundation recognizes the importance of our seniors and is proud to support a variety of organizations that care for, support and uplift seniors in the later years of life.

After all, the number of senior citizens is on the rise: in 2010, there were 40.3 million people aged 65 and above, comprising 13% of the overall population. By 2050, projections indicate the population over 65 will comprise 20.9% of the population. God willing, most of us will live into our 80s and 90s; some will continue into our 100s. And given that the term “senior” generally refers to people at retirement age (62-65) but can apply to those as young as 50 (ahem!), we can look forward to living many years as seniors. This is one reason the Foundation is dedicated to helping find the programs and services that best support older adults.

One such organization with whom the Foundation is proud to partner is the Alzheimer’s Association. Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association advances research to end Alzheimer's disease and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.The number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5 million to as many as 16 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or stop the disease. In addition, more than 500,000 seniors die each year because of the disease. If Alzheimer's was eliminated, half a million lives would be saved a year, and that’s a lot of knowledge and wisdom to be passed on to future generations. See the list of other organizations we’re partnering with to help our seniors this month in the newsletter.

CLICK HERE for the listing of organizations that were impacted by Foundation funds.