Longer lives are one of our most remarkable collective achievements but it also opens new questions about how to live well in our later years. According to 2020 US Census, Florida has the highest concentration of older residents in the nation at 20.1%. It puts it on par with 21.1% of Florida residents who are under the age of 18. In Northeast Florida alone, the number of residents 65+ is expected to double in the coming years and aging adults are living an average of 12 years longer than previous generations.
To better respond to the needs of this growing aging population, The Community Foundation is investing to strengthen the sector of senior-serving organizations with an emphasis on all aspects of quality of life.
In 2022, we provided a grant to Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center to support the use of the Cognivue Thrive Test in conjunction with auditory screenings for 1000 Seniors. This test can help gauge the connection between auditory and cognitive decline in the hopes of providing an early diagnosis for seniors facing dementia.
In 2008, we helped launch The Senior Roundtable, where senior-serving organizations come together on a regular basis to strengthen collaboration, identify service opportunities and build strategic partnerships. We continue to support this important convening where the emphasis is on working together to support our community’s senior. For more information, contact Janet Allen, email@example.com.
Established at the end of 2007 and endowed by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, the Senior to Senior Fund continues to assist senior citizens in Duval, Nassau, Baker, Clay and St. Johns Counties facing short-term financial crisis. The fund is administered by ElderSource, the Area Agency on Aging for Northeast Florida. (For help, call the Elder Helpline at 1-888-242-4464). Watch this for just one example of these vital funds at work.
The Community Foundation has a field of interest fund that supports our work with Aging Adults. For information about our grants process, click here.