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Washoe County Preparing for Dramatic Growth in Senior Population

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May is Older Americans Month, a national campaign that raises awareness about seniors' needs and there's plenty of them to be met here locally.
81,000 people over 60 live in Washoe County. By 2030, more than 130,000 will reside here. The escalation in seniors presents a huge financial challenge for Washoe County.

"Transportation, for example, is a priority," said Grady Tarbutton, executive director for Washoe County Senior Services. "Information about services is another priority. Some people are saying they really need and are concerned about the fundamental issues right now and we will add in those pieces as we go forward. As we gain more experience, we'll be able to draw in other funds from outside, like national grants and national endowments to support these programs."

Tarbutton said they are meeting with Washoe County Commissioners within the next couple of months to present the need they are facing and search for ways to help seniors. He said the county recently added a second home delivered meal program. To give you an idea about the need, he said more than half of seniors say that's their only meal of the day. The county's also working on projects for veterans. Tarbutton said you can help the county out by planning for the future and not putting it off. He said the biggest regret seniors have is they wish they had prepared financially.

"They are often frequently surprised by the lack of resources they have when they retire. They have difficulty understanding the services that are available to them. They don't understand Medicare, they don't understand Medicare veterans benefits. They need a place to turn and just ask questions."

To find out ways the county is helping seniors with those questions, watch the entire interview on Face the State this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Written by Chris Ciarlo
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