Aging in place resources grew to new heights in 2013, as more organizations than ever in recent years increased their focus toward enabling seniors and disabled individuals to live independently for as long as possible within their homes and surrounding communities, according to a new survey on aging services, reports Home Health Care News.
Today, there are more than 70 percent of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) providing what’s known as “diversion programs” to keep people living in their homes longer, an increase from less than one-third that were providing such services in 2008, says the 2013 National Aging Network Survey of Areas on Aging.
The 2013 survey was designed to assess the evolving role AAAs play in the long-term care system, especially when considering their positions in new health care delivery.
AAAs provide a wide variety of services not only for the elderly, but for individuals living with disabilities, too. These services span from healthcare-related programs such as disease prevention, case management, insurance counseling and respite care, to programs specializing in providing transportation resources, preventing elder abuse and transitioning from hospital to home.
Despite the array of integral services these organizations provide for America’s most vulnerable population, demographic trends and funding present several challenges.
By 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be age 65 and older, reports the n4a in its study. Coupling this with the nearly 90% of adults in this age group who want to age in place, federal funding is crucial for AAAs to provide their services for a vastly aging population.
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