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ADRESSING CRITICAL NEEDS OF SENIORS IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY
Public funding for services to seniors is decreasing due to the State and County’s distressed economy. So many seniors need help with nutrition, transportation and health services. The FOUNDATION ON AGING provides the ideal vehicle for private citizens, businesses and philanthropic organizations to collaborate with the Riverside County Office on Aging to respond to the diverse programmatic needs of older adults. You may be surprised to learn that the senior population is projected to more than double by 2030.
The Foundation supports its work through donations and gifts. With your help an elderly person who is impoverished and confined to his or her home will be sure to recieve the support to age with dignity, respect and independence.
Won’t you please help us protect seniors from the problems that can result from poor nutrition, lack of transportation and abuse?
Your contributions will directly help seniors in need. Work with us to strengthen, expand, and support senior programs.
MESSAGE FROM CHAIR
Welcome to Riverside County Foundation on Aging website.
As Chair of the Foundation, I work with my fellow trustees to raise awareness of senior needs and raise funds to help fill in gaps in public funding. Given that we have no paid staff and relatively few overhead expenses, nearly every cent of every dollar raised by the Foundation is returned to the community in the form of direct assistance to seniors.
We hope that our website provides a helpful understanding of the Foundation’s value, priorities and practices, and presents a framework to introduce some new directions in our funding interests and strategies. Founded in 2005 the Foundation has a long and rich history of supporting seniors and seniors with disabilities in Riverside County.
It has been stated that 1 in 5 seniors do without meals a month to save money. It is for this reason that the Foundation will continue to focus on senior nutrition. The Foundation exists to provide support to the work of the Riverside County Office on Aging.
I know there is a great need in Riverside County and valuable organizations that day-in and day-out meet those needs and increase the quality of life for all seniors. I hope you include the Foundation on that list and consider making a donation to join the Foundation’s goal to help needy seniors in Riverside County.
As always, we welcome your questions, comments and suggestions. In particular, we welcome your partnership as we work together to make a healthy environment for seniors and seniors with disabilities of Riverside County.
|MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SENIORS
Seniors that depend on others feel vulnerable and unable to protect themselves from abuse.
Wendell, who lived in a Board & Care home, thought his son was stealing from him. The police found that the people providing his care were actually gambling away Wendell’s money at casinos. The financial abuse had created a devastating rift between Wendell and his son.
In one year, 21,795 older adults reported they had experienced financial abuse and/or were mistreated or neglected, physically, mentally or emotionally.
Seniors lose their independence when they are unable to drive and have to rely on others.
Fortunately, there was someone to call 911 when Jessie, already unsteady from a recent broken hip, fell on her walk back from the bank. The police were able to take her home.
More than 10,000 seniors have difficulty obtaining transportation when they need it to accomplish the activities they want and need to do.
FOCUS OF ITS WORK
|The Following priority areas serve as a filter for the Foundation's Programmatic decision making and the focus of the work:
- Senior nutrition and hunger
- Accessible Transportation
- Affordable housing
- Access to quality healthcare and wellness services
- Support for senior caregivers
- Workforce and employment opportunities
- Expand qulity of life choices in response to the county's diverse senior population
|The Foundation works to make a significant difference in the quality of life for Riverside County seniors by:
- Assuming a leadership position in creating community awareness and understanding of issues impacting quality life for olderadults, and achieving commitments from the community to help address these issues.
- Serving as a catalyst for creating innovative public-private sector partnerships that strengthenand expand programs and services without relying solely on public funding, and can serve as models for other communities in California and the nation.
Riverside County Age 60+ Population Estimates and Projections
CA Department of Finance and Claritas 2007 Projections
Every day seniors struggle to meet their nutrition and health needs on a limited budget.
Edith was distraught over the spike in her utility bills over a long, hot summer. To have enough food to eat, she had to wait on a long line for grocery donations. Edith’s health suffered from her poor nutrition and waiting in the heat.
There are over 7,000 seniors, like Edith, that are not getting adequate daily nutrition.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gloria J. Sanchez
Members at Large
John Von Hatten
Consider a Gift to the Foundation, and Through Us, to the Community.
Make a Difference In the Lives of Seniors.