Monday, September 9, 2019

2018 Profile of Older Americans
The Profile of Older Americans is an annual summary of critical statistics related to the older population in the United States. Relying primarily on data offered by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Profile illustrates the shifting demographics of Americans age 65 and older. It includes key topic areas such as income, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving. The 2018 Profile also incorporates a new special section on emergency and disaster preparedness. Here are some select data highlights:
·         Over the past 10 years, the population age 65+ increased 34%, from 37.8 million to 50.9 million, and is projected to reach 94.7 million in 2060.
·         More than 15% of the U.S. population are older adults.
·         The age 85+ population is projected to increase 123% from 2017 to 2040.
·         From 2007 to 2017, racial and ethnic minority populations increased from 7.2 million (19% of older adults) to 11.8 million  (23%), and are projected to reach 27.7 million in 2040 (34%).
·         Currently, persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 19.5 years.
·         Older women outnumber older men at 28.3 million to 22.6 million, respectively.
·         A larger percentage of older men (70%) are married as compared with older women (40%).
·         Approximately 28% (14.3 million) of older persons live alone.
·         Among adults age 75+, 42% report television is their first source of emergency information as compared with 31% for the total population.  The percentage of older adults receiving information from the internet (9%) is much lower than for the total population (31%).
If you would like to read the Profile of Older Americans in full, please go to the Administration for Community Living website or follow this link:

~ Submitted by Brenda Louthan, Butler County Department on Aging

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

AIRS has provided digital badges for all AIRS Certification holders. 

A digital bade is a customized embedded code that showcases a visual display of certification, including being able to click through to additional details about the credential. This digital badge can be added to email signatures as well as various professional and social media options such as Facebook, a LinkedIn profile, an AIRS Networker profile, etc.
The purpose? Digital badges promote the your qualifications and the quality assurance commitment of your organization.
Have you downloaded yours yet?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Why do people contact Area Agency on Aging?  A son works for a state agency and deals with Medicaid benefits daily for children.  His father has been the primary caregiver for his spouse who is on hospice services.  The father now has health concerns of his own. They live on limited income but is over the Medicaid limited allow.  They have no savings.  The son had spoken with individuals before who had stated that there is no help for them because of income.  The state of Missouri has a program called Division of Assets and Home Community Base services and by completing the proper paperwork they are both able to qualify for assistance with the MO HealthNet so they can continue to stay in their home and receive the help they need.
- Submitted by Liz Yokley, BSW

Friday, June 21, 2019

Why do people contact Area Agency on Aging?  A gentleman got a letter in the mail stating that they are trying to get a new Medicare card to him and have been unsuccessful.  He had tried calling other agencies and he could not get through on the phone or he was told they could not help him.  Together we contact the Social Security office and got his address updated and a new Medicare card is now on its way.
-Submitted by Liz Yokley, BSW

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Why do people contact Area Agency on Aging?  There are a variety of reasons but one reason I will talk about today is being new to Medicare.  It is estimated that 10,000 people a day are turning 65. It can be an overwhelming task to walk thru the process of Medicare. There are a number of people and agencies that talk to individuals about Medicare.  With an Area Agency on Aging there is nothing to sell.  We provide you with is information on how to work thru the system.  Our goal is when you are talking with an insurance company you have the knowledge of which questions to ask and things to think about when making decisions. A physician came into the office to learn about what steps he needed to take.  We discussed the process of when to sign up for Medicare, the cost involved, and what he will do next.  That same day I spoke with a lady who was starting on Medicare and was nervous because she had limited income and didn’t know how she would pay for Medicare.  We were able to help her with paperwork to sign up for a Medicare Savings Programs.  Income is not a criteria when working with an Area Agency on Aging. We listen, We help.
 - Submitted by Liz Yokley, BSW

Monday, May 6, 2019

Register Today!

AIRS 41st Annual I&R Training & Education Conference
June 2 - 5, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April 16, 2019 is National Healthcare Decisions Day.   

Adults of all ages should have a discussion with their families and doctors about their medical wishes as well as any personal needs. People will want to go one step further and write down these decisions in case they become seriously ill or incapacitated and can no longer voice their desires. This practice is part of advance care planning. There are a variety of ways to help a person navigate through this decision process. One helpful tool that is available in many states is an 11-page booklet called “Five Wishes,” which is distributed by Aging with Dignity.  This easy-to-read booklet walks you through making important decisions on choosing a health care agent, the type and amount of medical treatment you desire, and end-of-life wishes.  It has areas to write down your own thoughts and information as well as some pre-written options and ideas you may choose to keep or cross out. This booklet is not meant to give or to forgo any legal advice; however, it may be signed, witnessed and notarized (in Missouri notarization is required), and become your Advance Directive.  To find out more information you can go to