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Public Transit and Washoe County Seniors Supporting Independence, Dignity, and Choice. Grady Tarbutton, Director Washoe County Senior Services . Population growth. 2010 60+ = 76,000 2020 60+ = 100,000 2030 60+ = 130,000 By 2020, seniors 60+ years= 22% of Washoe County population

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Public transit and washoe county seniors supporting independence dignity and choice

Public Transit and Washoe County Seniors Supporting Independence, Dignity, and Choice

Grady Tarbutton, Director

Washoe County Senior Services


Population growth

Population growth

  • 2010 60+ = 76,000

  • 2020 60+ = 100,000

  • 2030 60+ = 130,000

  • By 2020, seniors 60+ years= 22% of Washoe County population

  • A permanent change


2013 state of senior washoe county

2013 State of “Senior” Washoe County

  • Good news*

  • Lower rates obesity

  • Increased income since 2006

  • Self-reported physical activity

  • Hospitalization re-admission rates

  • Fewer falls

  • Lower cost of care (Adult Day, in-home, Assisted Living, Nursing Home)

  • Nursing Home admissions

  • Not so good*

  • Lower life expectancy; higher mortality rates

  • Poverty; near poverty

  • Poor Nutrition

  • Medically underserved

    • Immunization rates; physician access, utilization

  • High rate of growth in health care expenditures

  • # Nursing Homes opened

  • Increasing demand on Caregivers

  • Limited Home and Community Based Services options

* “EldersCount 2013” University of Nevada-Reno Sanford Center for Aging; February 2013


2014 master plan for aging services

“2014 Master Plan for Aging Services”

  • Engage Community Leaders and Policy Makers

  • Analysis of 2006-16 Strategic Plan

  • Random Survey/Community Needs Assessment

  • Data Analysis of Survey; focus groups

  • Enumerate Current Service Levels and Gap in Needs

  • Develop Strategies to Address Gaps; Publish


Early results from 2014 master plan for aging services

Early Results from 2014 “Master Plan for Aging Services”

  • Status of High Risk Groups in 2013:

    • Income less than $30,000 a year

      • 32,800seniors (41%)

    • Socially Isolated

      • 20,000 seniors (25%)

    • Frail

      • 22,400 seniors (28%)

    • Over 80 years of age

      • 13,000 seniors(16%)


Senior high risk groups will grow

Senior High Risk Groups will grow

  • Projections for 2020

  • Income less than $30,000 a year

    • to 43,940 seniors

  • Socially Isolated

    • to 26,792 seniors

  • Frail

    • to 30,007 seniors

  • Over 80 years of age

    • to 19,085 seniors


Senior poverty

Senior Poverty

(EldersCount Nevada 2013;

American Community Survey, 5-Year PUMS: Nevada, 2006-2010)


But high risk seniors not aware of services

But, High Risk Seniors not aware of Services

  • They are more likely to need them

  • Only 10% use them, today

  • And, are less likely to be aware of them than other seniors

  • Conclusion: the gaps in services for High Risk seniors is high today, and is growing


Focus groups greatest gaps

Focus Groups: Greatest Gaps

  • Basic Needs

    • Transportation, housing, food

  • Information

    • Awareness

    • Advocacy

  • Home and Community-based Services

    • In-home care

  • Support for Caregivers


Seniors and public transportation

Seniors and Public Transportation

  • 67% of all seniors are aware of public transit such as ACCESS

  • 7% use

  • High risk groups are more likely to use

  • 48% over 80 years are not aware


Seniors and driving

Seniors and Driving

  • Only 14% over 60 no longer drive

  • 33% over 80 no longer drive

  • 98% who were able to drive left home in the past week; 56% seven or more times

  • 83% who were not able to drive left home in the past week; 20% seven or more times


Next steps

“Next Steps”

  • Plan together

    • Comprehensive, coordinated services

    • Anticipate an impact on every agency, every business, every family

  • Create sponsors

  • Create a “Lifelong” Community

  • Support for families


If we do this well

If we do this well . . .

  • Seniors living longer, healthier, more independent lives

  • Seniors prefer living at home and will have a higher quality of life

  • Support for families to provide care, longer

  • Delay High Risk clients’ entry into Medicaid


Contact info

CONTACT INFO

Grady Tarbutton, Director

Washoe County Senior Services

[email protected]

775-328-6141

Washoe County Master Plan for Aging Services website:

www.washoecounty.us/seniorsrv/MP/MasterPlan.htm


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