Alert
Close

Last Chance: Top the Treasure Hunt leaderboard by 5 p.m. today to win a $100 gift card! Learn more

Highlights

Open
AARP Real Possibilities

 

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

Car buying made easy with the AARP Auto Buying Program

MOST POPULAR

Viewed

Aging Boomers Will Strain Senior Services

Report urges action by local governments

Funding shortages, transportation (including inadequate transportation options) and housing (including access to affordable and suitable housing) were the biggest challenges cited by local officials in meeting the needs of older adults.

In the 2005 survey, housing, financial programs and health care services were identified as the biggest obstacles.

Predictably, communities with larger populations were more likely to provide a greater variety of elder services than those in rural areas, the survey said.

Some progress reported

On the bright side, many localities reported progress since 2005 in certain areas. Among them:

  • More than half (59 percent) of communities surveyed offer specialized training for public safety and emergency staff in dealing with older adults in natural and man-made disasters, up from 24 percent in 2005.
  • The number of localities that provide in-home support services for older adults grew from 71 percent in 2005 to 77 percent in 2010.
  • About half (52 percent) of local governments surveyed offer educational enrichment programs for older adults, including courses that refresh workforce skills, up from 45 percent in 2005.

But as communities with budget shortfalls continue to feel the pain of the recession, so do many of their residents. The number of local governments offering property tax relief for older adults on limited incomes dropped to 54 percent last year, down from 72 percent in 2005.

Programs to educate older adults about financial fraud and predatory lending also declined; 65 percent of communities offer them, down from 69 percent five years ago.

Carole Fleck is a senior editor at the AARP Bulletin.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Grandson (8-9) whispering to grandfather, close-up

Members save 20% on digital hearing aids with AARP® Hearing Care Program from HearUSA.

AARP Discounts on Consumer Cellular Phones and Plans

Members save 5% on monthly service and usage charges with Consumer Cellular.

Woman holding smartphone in city, Google map tool

Members can locate discounts via the AARP® Member Advantages Offer Finder mobile app.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.