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Helping Our Seniors to Age Vibrantly
By Neel Hajra / February 26, 2018
We live in a great community full of caring people and organizations (nonprofit and for-profit). Still, we face a demographic shift over the next few decades that will challenge us. 

Between 2010 and 2040 the senior population in Washtenaw County will double, and the 75+ population will be the fastest growing among all ages. This also means that we'll be seeing more vulnerable seniors over time. 

With two decades to go, our county is not prepared to fully and justly support its growing senior population. Since 2003, AAACF has distributed more than $1.8 million to support seniors and caregivers through the Bach Fund for Seniors and other funds. Yet, this alone is not enough.

Instead of just hoping we will be fine, AAACF has taken additional action to get ahead of projections. This action includes the recent establishment of the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, which will distribute over $650,000 in new grant dollars every year to nonprofits serving vulnerable seniors. We've also launched Vital Seniors: A Community Innovation Competition, a $2.5 million senior-focused competition that's the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. And to top it all off, we're going to supplement these dollars with new knowledge, first with a Conversation Starter that compiles key challenges and potential solutions with regarding to seniors in our community

Even with this one-two-three punch, we can't go it alone. Life for everyone in 2040 will be shaped by how we respond now to the needs of the aging. As our Conversation Starter suggests, we would love YOUR thoughts on how we can ensure that local seniors, even the most vulnerable, have opportunities for long and vibrant lives. We encourage you to share them through comments to this post or by emailing info@aaacf.org.

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