Catawba Area Agency on Aging (Catawba AAA) recognizes that there are many challenges and issues regarding the quality of life of our aging adults. We realize that these issues are complex; as are the solutions. Catawba AAA is committed to assist in the solution.
In 2010, 46.6 million people 65 and older were counted in the United States.
As the older population increase, the number of seniors needing care is growing. One out of every four persons in the United States is a Caregiver. The goal of Catawba AAA is to make life better for caregivers by providing community support. Catawba Caregiver Access provides information, counseling, training and limited financial assistance to caregivers of older adults and older adults raising a relative's child under age 19.
Medicare & Social Security
Medicare is a federal health insurance program, that Congress had established in 1965, in order to reduce the out-of-pocket medical expenses of qualified elderly or disabled persons. Typically, Medicare pays about half of the medical costs of participating persons. Seniors need help with the health expenses, such as prescription drugs, eyeglasses, dental care, hearing aids and long-term care that Medicare does not cover.
Many seniors depend on Social Security as a main source on income. For nearly one out of five, it is the only source of income. Without Social Security, more than one-half of America's retirees would live in poverty. The future of Social Security is in jeopardy because of 1) the expected growth of the baby boomers that will begin retiring, and 2) the shrinking number of workers per beneficiary.
The aging of our nation will result in the need for rapidly growing long-term care needs within the next decade. The nation's long-term care population includes more than 6 million elderly who need daily assistance with basic care needs. Most people in need of long-term care services live at home within the community, rather than in institutions.
¹ SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, P25-1095; ‘‘Table US-EST90INT-04—Intercensal Estimates of the United States Resident Population by Age Groups and Sex, 1990–2000: (published 13 September 2002); http://www.census.gov/prod/2009pubs/10statab/pop.pdf
* SOURCE: South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office of Aging; Reports: South Carolina Mature Adults Count ‘2000-2005 Population Estimates’ : ©2009; http://www.scmatureadults.org/estimates/estimates00_05.php