The 2010 U.S. census found 53,000 adults age 60+ in Washtenaw County. By 2040, this number will more than double, to 110,000. Those 75 and older will comprise more than half the elderly population and will be the fastest growing segment of society overall.
By 2040, the number of seniors in poverty in the County will more than double, to about 9,000, and the senior refugee population will continue to increase by 2-3% annually. Life for everyone in 2040 will be shaped to a large degree by how we respond now to the needs of the ageing. With two decades to go, this County is not prepared to fully and justly support its growing senior population.
AAACF is dedicated to supporting seniors in Washtenaw County and addressing the growing need in our community. Since establishment of the The Anna Botsford Bach Fund for Seniors in 2003, AAACF has distributed $1.8 million to support seniors, with a preference for programs that support caregivers. Our work in supporting seniors also includes the Phoebe Davis Fund and Oscar Reimold Fund, and our funding through Washtenaw Coordinated Funders.
Research & Data on Seniors
As part of our work, AAACF has developed a conversation starter on the senior population in Washtenaw County. In this paper we present some of the challenges we will face and some of the solutions that may benefit seniors—and perhaps benefit us all.
AAACF has also commissioned a 60+ Survey in order gain a better understanding of how vulnerability affects the quality of life and social connectedness for seniors in Washtenaw County. The results from this survey will help guide our grantmaking decisions as we work towards long-term, meaningful impact. The webinar recording is below, and slides are available for download.
Glacier Hills Legacy Fund
Through the generosity of Ann Arbor's Glacier Hills Senior Living Community and Trinity Health Senior Communities of Livonia, MI, an $18.25 million fund has been created to benefit senior adults in Washtenaw County—especially those at-risk and with low incomes—in perpetuity, managed by AAACF. Through this fund, AAACF will direct $650,000 of new money annually toward senior initiatives in Washtenaw County starting in 2018. (NOTE: The Foundation is not accepting proposals for the Legacy Fund at this time.)
Glacier Hills Legacy Fund Committee & Staff
Vital Seniors: A Community Innovation Competition
The Vital Seniors prize competition is designed to catalyze high-impact innovation and create enduring impact for the vulnerable senior citizens in our community and their caregivers.
As steward of the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, and in accordance with their joint vision to improve the quality of life in Washtenaw County for vulnerable senior populations and for the people that care so well for them, AAACF has directed a portion of the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund for immediate 2018 funding through the competition for innovative and actionable new ideas to support seniors and their caregivers. More information on Vital Seniors can be found at vitalseniorscomp.com.