Protecting Missouri’s Seniors Is Right

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Protecting Missouri’s Seniors Is Right

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Seniors are living longer and their numbers are growing. Baby boomers are retiring and accelerating this growth. As the senior population grows in the St. Louis and St. Charles area, so do the needs. Currently, 13.2 % of St. Charles County’s residents are age 65 and over and rising, over 50,000.

Under Met Needs:
Transportation * Nutrition * Home maintenance/safety Care coordination/management * Medicare/Medicaid * Behavioral health services Dental health * Socialization * Homemaker services * Respite services

We need a plan in place for the future, a regional approach, on how to meet the growing needs of seniors. We need a comprehensive approach for a continuum of care that uses all the funding mechanisms that are available.

We need all hands on deck, including funding sources, providers, caregivers, community leaders and advocates.

Nonprofits and funding sources are falling behind in addressing the needs of the growing numbers St. Louis area seniors causing gaps in services.

Responsibility for senior services in the St. Louis area are fragmented. Most senior services focus on crisis management or deep end services needed after a breakdown. There is limited funding for prevention and early intervention that keeps seniors healthy, active, productive and allows seniors to safely live in their homes.

Issues include gaps in Medicare and Medicaid coverage, access to transportation, proper nutrition, routine home maintenance, quality homemaker/respite services, and adequate care coordination as well as opportunities for socialization, dental and behavioral healthcare.

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http://www.seniorscountstl.com/home.html

Seniors Count is a community initiative to educate citizens in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County about serious gaps in funding and delivery of services for residents 60 years of age and older who wish to continue to live independently. They seek to improve the health, nutrition and quality of life for adults 60 and older.