Will the Boomers Bust Us? A Reality Check

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Calvert County Senior Center, North Beach, Maryland. Photo by Diane F. Evartt, courtesy of the Maryland Department of Aging.

It is estimated that by 2030, 1 in every 5 Americans will be over 65 years of age.  A recent press release from the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities describes generous donations made this holiday season to some of the most vulnerable older adults in Anne Arundel County.  In addition to running guardianship programs, county agencies on aging also provide assisted living, protective services, temporary disability programs, recreation and transportation services for older adults living in our communities.

At this year’s MACo Winter Conference, a panel sponsored by the Maryland Association of  Area Agencies on Aging will address how counties can continue to support older adults aging-in-place in Maryland with an eye towards strategic planning for the sustainability of current programs. In recent years, Maryland began shifting from grant-based funding for aging programs to a fee-for-services model. Counties have been unable to cover their costs of the services under the new models, yet the transition moves forward.  According to the Maryland Association of  Area Agencies on Aging, revenue estimates for fee-based services do not come close to matching current grant-funding levels.

Speakers: Catherine R. Willis, Director, Queen Anne’s County Department of Community Services, and Teja Rau, Deputy Chief, Maryland Access Point, Maryland Department of Aging.

Moderator: William R. Valentine, Member, Board of County Commissioners, Allegany County, Maryland

Thursday, January 8, 2015; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.

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