For many older Americans, the world can feel like it moves too fast to keep up with. This is especially true when it comes to technology. In addition, many seniors struggle with loneliness and isolation. And, seniors are often targeted by telephone and internet con artists, who take advantage of their trust and any confusion they may show. These are just a few issues older Americans grapple with.
And the numbers of Americans over 65 years of age are on the rise. The population of people ages 65 and older rose from 38.8 million in 2008 to 52.4 million in 2018. This is a 35% increase. And, this population is projected to reach 94.7 million in 2060.
What’s more, the life expectancy for people now 60 years of age is 69.7 years. So, improved support for seniors is needed now. And this need will only grow in the future. Among this group, the life expectancy for men is 66.6 and for women is 73.1. This means millions of senior citizens could benefit from more services tailored to their specific needs. In addition, many widows will be left alone in the last decade of their lives.
Older Americans Need Improved Services Right Now
Some of the vital services that could help seniors include community senior centers and day programs. Because of isolation and lack of transportation, many seniors have a hard time meeting others and socializing to meet. After all, loneliness is one of the top difficulties facing older Americans today. Only physical complications from aging and financial worries rank higher. Therefore, it’s vital to provide more ways for seniors to be around people of all ages.
So it falls on all of us to protect and nurture this fast-growing age group of Americans. After all, these people are our mothers and fathers, grandparents, and neighbors.
Here Are 5 Grants to Increase the Well-being of Seniors:
1. Grants to USA Nonprofits to Provide Supportive Services to Older Persons. This grant will fund development and implementation of new direct service programs that specifically focus on persons ages 65 and older. Also eligible are major expansion projects of existing programs. However, organizations must be located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida.
2. There’s also Grants to USA Agencies and Private and Public Organizations for Services for Individuals with Dementia. These $550,000 to $1 million grants are for developing and expanding dementia-capable home and community-based service systems. And this grant has two categories, one for states and one for communities.
3. And, Grants to USA Nonprofits for Professional Training and Education Projects for Those Working with Older Adults. These grants are for projects that will have national reach across the USA. Or, the project should have a regional reach within the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida.
4. Plus, Grant to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, Tribe, Hospital, or IHE to Address Long-Term Patient Care Complaints. Complaints. For this federal grant, The Administration for Community Living (ACL) will hold a competition for a cooperative agreement to operate the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center. The agreement will provide for training, technical assistance and support to the States’ Offices of Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, in every state, territory, and the District of Columbia.
5. Finally, there is a Grant for Senior Visual Artists for Artwork Presentation and Preservation. Here, four artist over the age of 60 will receive grants of $5,000 for new work or a special project and more.
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