ASSOCIATED rethinking senior service delivery options

Every eight seconds an American turns 60! With 79 million U.S. baby boomers on the brink of turning 60, a societal revolution is on the rise.  Today, baby boomers account for 26 percent of the total U.S. population.

“By force of numbers alone, they almost certainly will redefine old age in America, just as they’ve made their mark on teen culture, young adult life and middle age,” according to a report by  Pew Research Center.  Nationally, the AoA predicts that by 2030, adults ages 65 and older will comprise 20 percent of the population, that’s one in every five Americans.

Living longer and healthier than prior generations, the over 60 population is seeking a new way to embrace their elderhood.  Retirement has new meaning for this generation.  The MetLife Foundation and Civic Ventures discovered several years ago that many seniors are seeking meaningful work in retirement.   For some it’s a quest for personal fulfillment, for others- social impact or a continued income source.  Civic Ventures calls this pursuit of purpose-driven work in the second half of life “encore careers.”

Organizations such as THE ASSOCIATED will need to rethink service delivery for this population and not in a vacuum; it will need to be done in partnership with others – private and public.  In an effort to seek new partnerships, THE ASSOCIATED has spearheaded a coalition of 14 nonprofit organizations to convene The Baltimore Senior Life Leadership Summit on November 9. It will gather more than 150 leaders from businesses, nonprofits, the public sector and will feature national and local experts on aging issues with a goal: to generate new ideas to address the aging of our local population.

Some of the issues to be addressed are:

• How to tap the desire of older adults to help their communities and to continue to grow and learn during retirement.
• The need to design user-friendly and affordable transportation services for older adults who no longer drive.
• Creating accessible housing with supportive services that seniors need to remain independent.
• Making the complex world of benefits and services more transparent for seniors and their families, particularly for those near or below the poverty line.
• How to build public-private partnerships that will deliver high quality and sustainable services for older adults.

According to keynote speaker James Firman, President and CEO of the National Council on Aging, “The best way to meet the challenges of a rapidly aging society is for public and private organizations to collaborate strategically to achieve extraordinary results.” THE ASSOCIATED hopes that the Summit will do just that.

For further information, contact Renée Dain, Director of Community Services at THE ASSOCIATED, at 410-369-9235 or rdain@associated.org.

The Senior Life Leadership Summit is sponsored by AARP Maryland, Abraham & Bauer, LLC, Alpha Diagnostics, Bayada Nurses, Brightview Senior Living, Broadmead, CHAI-Weinberg Senior Living, Frank, Frank & Scherr, LCC, The Hearing and Speech Agency, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Northwest Savings Bank, Park View Senior Living, Private Home Care, LLC, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Shelley and Sheldon Goldseker and Springwell Senior Living Community.


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