By now, I hope that if you are a member of the senior community – you KNOW how important you are to me! Not only do I truly enjoy serving as a Senior Real Estate Specialist® (SRES), I’ve increased my commitment to older adults by teaching the courses that enable other agents to increase their value to the senior community. I’ve always believed that every birthday is a gift, as are who those who gain more wisdom with each passing year; the good news is that other organizations and platforms feel the same.
This week I wanted to shed some light on the state of the aging population here in the State of California, as well as what is being done to meet their needs on the state and county level. If you are aged 50 or older… you are the future! While enjoying today is a gift, knowing what to expect tomorrow is peace of mind.
Did You Know…
If you are aging… you are not alone! First of all, California is currently projected as one of the fastest growing states in the nation. By the year 2020, we are expected to represent 14% of the entire country’s population (that’s an increase of 15.7 million people!). From 1990 to 2020, those aged 60 and over are expected to increase 112%! Our state’s older adult population is expected to grow twice as fast as the total population, with variances across each region.
***View the map at here.
Furthermore, the Public Policy Institute of California states that by 2030, the 65+ population will grow substantially in diversity – with a larger number of single, childless and divorced seniors than ever before, meaning familial support will be lacking.
San Francisco and San Mateo Counties will likely see a 50-99% increase of their aged 60+ population, while Santa Cruz County will see an over 100% increase, and Santa Clara County expects an increase of over 150%.
As such, local, regional and statewide agencies are turning a focus towards programs and services for seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities. In general, you can expect more attention, awareness and affordable options in the areas of: adult day health care, self-care support, community-based services, caregiver support, nutrition, insurance and legal counseling and long-term care. The state is also preparing to expand its health workforce and training programs, as well as fund culturally competent care by hiring family members (when available).
The California Department of Aging (CDA) offers a wide variety of resources and ways to access assistance.
If you are within California and are looking for services, you may call 1-800-510-2020.
To view a general list of services offered by the CDA, click here.
For programs offered in San Mateo County, call (650) 573-3900.
For programs offered in Santa Clara County, (408) 350-3200.
For a complete county listing, click here.
Don’t forget that flu season is coming… find health tips for seniors from the CDA here!
Does this mean that you don’t have to plan for your future… absolutely not! While services increase, demand for them will too. While utilizing local resources and watching more of them emerge may improve senior quality of life, it doesn’t lessen our individual accountability to being our best at any age. If you need assistance in any area of aging ~ I hope you’ll consider me your biggest fan, steadfast advocate and real estate expert!
All my best,
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