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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

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

  • A permanent change


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”

  • 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”

  • 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

  • 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

(EldersCount Nevada 2013;

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


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

  • Basic Needs

    • Transportation, housing, food

  • Information

    • Awareness

    • Advocacy

  • Home and Community-based Services

    • In-home care

  • Support for Caregivers


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

  • 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”

  • 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 . . .

  • 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

Grady Tarbutton, Director

Washoe County Senior Services

gtarbutton@washoecounty.us

775-328-6141

Washoe County Master Plan for Aging Services website:

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


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