What Can I Do?
In California, the elderly population is expected to grow more than twice as fast as the total population in the state.
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Where Do We Go From Here?
Not only is it crucial to keep our growing, aging population healthy but also it is beneficial to find ways for older Angelenos to work with young people to help solve problems in our communities. By staying productive and engaged, our seniors see added health benefits and our communities gain through the contributions of their knowledge and experience.
Access to quality care will be critical in addressing the growing health needs of L.A. County’s aging population. With the proposed American Care Act and potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the impact of changes to health care policy on care and cost of services for seniors will be particularly important in the coming year. On March 7, 2017, the AARP came out against the proposed health care bill stating, “AARP opposes this legislation, as introduced, that would weaken Medicare, leaving the door open to a voucher program that shifts costs and risks to seniors…. Medicaid cuts could impact people of all ages and put at risk the health and safety of 17.4 million children and adults with disabilities and seniors by eliminating much-needed services that allow individuals to live independently in their homes and communities.”
Looking at ways to change the traditional nursing home and assisted-living model makes sense as the elderly population grows and people live longer. Studies show that seniors living in nursing homes often feel isolated, and there is a benefit both to seniors and the communities in which they live when people of all ages form meaningful relationships. Some ways that groups are innovating in this space include pre-schools being operated out of nursing homes with seniors assisting teachers in the classroom, older adults serving as tutors and mentors to students and people of all ages coming together to complete community projects.