According to the 2020 Profile of Older Americans, seniors who were 65 years and older made up 16 percent of the U.S. population as of 2019. The report also estimates that this number will increase to 21.6 percent over the span of the next 20 years.
Most seniors have worked all of their lives trying to afford a healthy and happy life. However, when most of these older adults finally reach the age to settle down and stop working, there are many problems they face. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that by 2050, 80 percent of seniors will be residing in low or middle-income countries.
The organization also provides a few of the most common conditions people face as they get older on its website. These include:
- Hearing loss
- Cataracts and refractive errors
- Back and neck pain
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- As well as Dementia
GrantWatch has a category on its site specifically for grants dealing with aging or seniors. This includes grants for research that might help older people who are facing certain health or social issues. In addition, it also includes funding for nonprofits and organizations that help seniors through programming and volunteer work.
It is important to care for seniors. These people are our parents, former teachers, neighbors, doctors, scientists. They have put in the work and contributed to society and now it is time society gives back to them to make the last part of their life as good as it can be.
Especially over the last two years, America and other countries have seen the need to embrace our human empathy. With all the suffering the COVID-19 pandemic has caused, we have seen just how vulnerable our seniors are. Whether it is medical problems, housing issues, financial struggles, or other issues, it is important to ensure they have the help they need. For this reason, GrantWatch is sharing five grants below currently available to improve the quality of life for older adults.
They Helped Us, Now Let’s Help Them
- Firstly, there are grants available to U.S., Canada, and International nonprofits for iniatives that benefit older adults. Funding is to improve the lives of elderly Jewish people.
- Grants of $45,000 to U.S., Canada, and International non-tenured and junior scholars for innovative research on policies related to retirement and disability. Funding is to promote the work of scholars from all academic fields who work at an institution full time and are within seven years of receiving their doctorate.
- There are also grants to U.S. nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit older adults ages 65 and above. Funding is for advocacy projects that address policy issues nationwide or with certain states. These states include Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, or Illinois.
- In addition, there is funding for U.S. nonprofits to conduct applied research projects that directly benefit the older adult population.
- Finally, there are grants for U.S. researchers who work with nonprofit institutions for research projects related to aging. Funding is to support research that will significantly contribute to understanding the biology of aging and how aging affects health and wellbeing.