“In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.” – Dorothea Dix
The fall and winter months of 2016 were months of great transition and progress for ElderServe. As a result of our July 1 merger with GuardiaCare, ElderServe moved our offices to the former GuardiaCare space at 215 West Breckinridge Street in late January. This included some updates for the 215 location to maximize the space and allowed us to create an even stronger safety net of programming for our clients. We also took over management of our Adult Day program on January 1. I am so proud of our agency for these recent accomplishments. Yet there is even more we plan, and need to do, to meet the needs of the future.
Most of us who are baby boomers have heard the term, “silver tsunami” referring to the growing population of Americans who are turning 65 each day. The statistics for the Louisville area, which were published this past October by Kentucky State Data Center, were staggering. This report told us that the population of adults 60 years and older will increase by 38% by 2040 and those adults age 80 years and older will increase by 82%! Clearly, ElderServe programs will be needed more than ever to help the older adult population and their families navigate the challenging aging process. My staff and I are passionate about finding solutions and efficiencies, but we need community support! I look forward to working with partners toward the new goals that we have set to help seniors. We are grateful to all of you who support older adults in so many different ways. All the best to you for a warm and bright spring season!