On January 1, 2011, an estimated one out of every five Hoosiers will begin turning age 65 – along with 77 million other “Baby Boomers” across the country.
Part of what has been dubbed a “Silver Tsunami,” these Hoosiers make up the largest and fastest growing population in Indiana. On average, a Baby Boomer will turn 65 every 7-8 seconds for the next 18 years across the country – about 12,000 every day. For the first time in history, people aged 65 and older will soon outnumber children under the age of 5.
Across the state – and around the country – business, community and academic leaders and organizations are concerned that communities are not ready for the potential effects the surge in seniors will create.
The Indiana EngAGEment Initiative is part of a national effort to address the many complex issues – and opportunities – created by this rapidly growing population. In conjunction with the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, a not-for-profit based in Indianapolis, the Initiative led an effort in eight communities across Indiana to study and discuss those issues and opportunities.
On December 2nd, 2010, leaders from those eight counties along with representatives from other organizations addressing the issues, including Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Indiana University and the University of Indianapolis will meet in Indianapolis for an update about the state’s preparedness along with necessary next steps for improving responsiveness.
SILVER TSUNAMI OR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY?
A 2008 survey of Indiana communities by the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance showed that Indiana communities were doing very little to prepare for aging Boomers. According to a Meals on Wheels’ 2009 national report, Indiana ranked 12th in the nation for food insecurity for seniors (meaning food is either unavailable or is inaccessible).
Hunger In America 2010, a national study of emergency food distribution in the United States (which also included Indiana), states that more than half of households with seniors age 65 and
2 older experienced low food security, and that requests from seniors for emergency food is at an all time high.
A 2008 Indiana AdvantAGE survey also found that of Hoosiers 60 and older:
- 81% report their health as good to excellent.
- 27% remain in the part time and full time workforce in Indiana.
- 21% would like to be working for pay.
- 45% do not have access to public transportation.
- 85% have voted in local elections in the past three years.
- 39% volunteer, with 18% volunteering 10 or more hours per week.
- 87% have lived in their communities for 10 or more years.
- 52% have lived in their communities for more than 50 years.
- 94% would like to remain in their current residence as long as possible.
(Source: 2008 Indiana AdvantAge survey of 5,000 randomly selected Hoosiers age 60 and over. Center for Home Care Policy and Research, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and Center on Aging & Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University Bloomington. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the project website at
Phil Stafford, of The Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University. email@example.com
Mark Lawrance, Sr. VP, Foundation and Operations, Indiana Chamber of Commerce. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Velo, Associate Vice President for Donor Services, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Elders at the Table. email@example.com
INDIANA EngAGEment NETWORK COMMUNITY GRANTEES:
- Senior Center Services of Bartholomew County – Bob Pitman, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Blue River Community Foundation – Lynne Ensminger; email@example.com
- Brown County Community Foundation – Bob Kirlin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Madison County Community Foundation – Kerri Happe, email@example.com
- Noble County Community Foundation – Linda Urick and Marguerite White, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ohio County Community Foundation – Peggy Dickson, email@example.com
- Pulaski County Community Foundation – Wendy Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Warren County Community Foundation – Carol Clark, email@example.com
ABOUT THE INDIANA GRANTMAKERS ALLIANCE:
Indiana Grantmakers Alliance (IGA) is a nonprofit membership association serving the state’s community, corporate, family, independent, operating, private and public foundations, as well as corporate giving programs. IGA promotes legal, ethical, effective and efficient grantmaking, by providing its members with advocacy, education, information and networking opportunities. IGA’s approximately 140 organizational members hold 14.7 billion in assets and award 700 million in grants each year.
Media contact: Sonya Baker-Hallett, Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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