The Need

As Indiana’s population ages, specifically the baby boomer generation, it is projected that there will be a dramatic shift in the demographic of the state. The first boomers hit age 65 in 2011 and the entire cohort will be of traditional retirement age by 2030. The percentage of Hoosier seniors is projected to jump from 13% in 2010 to 20% in 2030, dramatically increasing the amount of senior services required by the aging population.
Projected population change by age group in Indiana Source: U.S. Census Bureau and Indiana Business Research Center

The Central Indiana Senior Fund provides support to not-for-profit organizations whose programs and services promote quality living for older adults in Central Indiana. It is specifically interested in organizations that address the following areas of interest:

1. Basic Needs

Access to nutritious food, transportation services, emergency services and shelter, case management, elder violence reduction, and local guardianship programs.

  • 26% of Indianapolis seniors believe the city should invest more in better transportation options. (2013 US of Aging Survey)
  • 39% report some problem with having enough money to meet daily expenses. (Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults)
  • The top 3 needs reported by Central Indiana seniors calling 211 for help include utility assistance (29%), food (9%), and financial assistance (8%). (Connect2Help 2-1-1)

2. Health and Wellness

Health education; intervention services for older adults, in-home health care, prevention and screening; and outcome-based neighborhood community wellness and fitness programs.

  • Nearly 1/3 of Central Indiana residents with a disability are 65 or older and approximately one in five older Hoosiers has a long term disability. (Census)
  • 74% of Indianapolis Seniors live with two or more chronic health conditions. (2013 US of Aging Survey)
  • 60% of Central Indiana seniors provided care for another older adult (Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults)

3. Living Environment of Choice

Establishing and maintaining affordable and supportive housing for older adults, providing home care and maintenance services that enable older adults to safely remain in their homes, projects that increase neighborhood safety, and support to strengthen and enhance quality residential care programs for low-income older adults.

  • 51% of older Hoosiers live in a nursing home or retirement facility. (Census)
  • 94% of seniors want to remain independent, living in their homes and communities as they age. (CICOA/CASOA)

4. Life Affirming Opportunities

Opportunities for older adults to utilize their talents and resources to improve their overall quality of life. Opportunities such as increased access to cultural and education opportunities, work training and job placement, life-long learning, civic engagement, and social and recreation activities that increase social interaction.

  • 30% of Central Indiana seniors report difficulty in finding work. (Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults)