for an Aging Population
County strategically addresses
By now, you’ve explored the pages of Journeys magazine and have some idea of what it offers older adults
in Cabarrus County. But, do you know what planted
the seed for the publication or who is behind it?
Today’s senior citizens are working longer, living
longer, and their needs are different from the generations before them. And, according to the U.S.
Census, within the next 15 years, they are expected
to make up almost 20 percent of Cabarrus County’s
population—a percentage equal to the number of
school-aged children in Cabarrus.
Seniors in Cabarrus County
(percentage of population)
In 2013, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners asked County staff to develop a strategic plan for
older adults and their families. A task force identified
six priority focus areas, solicited public opinions on
priorities through a community survey, set goals for
the focus areas, and developed the Cabarrus County
Aging Strategic Plan for 2015–2020.
The six focus areas of the plan are education and
information; housing and home improvement; health
and wellness; recreation and entertainment; transportation and accessibility; and employment and
income. County staff and representatives from local
municipalities, faith-based groups, nonprofits, and
for-profit organizations formed subcommittees for
each focus area. The subcommittees met to discuss
research, trends and challenges.
“The breadth of needs for what we used to think of
as the senior population is not the same,” Deputy
County Manager Jonathan Marshall said. “What we
found was there’s a huge demand for opportunities to
stay in their homes longer, and participate in physical
and social activities.”
By 2030, the percentage of adults ages 65 and
older will be statistically equal to the percentage
of school-aged children in Cabarrus County.
Cabarrus County Government decided to prepare.
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The County had already developed a comprehensive
network of resources and programs to help seniors
in each of the six focus areas, but the plan intensifies those efforts over a five-year span. Even with
the added resources, the County will need help from