Vital Seniors

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.

 
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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 aging. With two decades to go, this County is not prepared to fully and justly support its growing senior population. Read more about the growing need and our research on vulnerable seniors & their caregivers here.

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. In 2018, we added the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund to our support for vulnerable seniors in Washtenaw County and their caregivers.

Vital Seniors: A Community Innovation Competition

With a Grand Prize of $500,000 and five other awards ranging from $50,000 to $250,000, the Vital Seniors Community Innovation Competition was intended to catalyze and create enduring impact for the vulnerable senior citizens in our community and their caregivers.  Funding for the competition comes from the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

At the Vital Seniors Community Celebration on November 13, the award winners were announced

  • Vital Seniors Grand Prize of $500,000 – Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
  • Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., Foundation Caregiver Prize of $250,000 – Area Agency on Aging 1-B 
  • Vital Seniors Innovation Award of $100,000 for a Small Organization – Chelsea Senior Center 
  • Vital Seniors Innovation Award of $100,000 for a Large Organization – Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
  • Vital Seniors People’s Choice Award of $50,000 for a Small Organization – Chelsea Senior Center 
  • Vital Seniors People’s Choice Award of $50,000 for a Large Organization – Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

We want to spark innovative, actionable solutions to the serious problems faced not only by vulnerable seniors, but also by their families and professional caregivers. The competition was also structured to enhance the service and collaboration capacity of the ten finalists, providing the basis for a new learning community of innovative practitioners.

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

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