Happenings

Westchester County to Face Aging Population

  • One in four individuals in our county is over the age of 60 (US Census Bureau, 2008)
  • Our area ahead of demographic  curve : laboratory for innovative social solutions.
  • Seniors living alone in Westchester County account for 29% of single person households.
  • 60,000 older adults in our County live with some form of disability.
  • Chronic illness, functional impairment, and need for services increases sharply with each passing year.
  • Need for innovative care solutions that will make the best use of  shrinking public and private financial resources.

Currently more than 33,000 caregivers in Westchester County

  • 29% are daughters
  • 27% are wives
  • 13% are husbands
  • 8%  are sons
  • 23% are relatives or friends of the older adult

Caregivers give up work to take care of their loved ones.

  • 36% of caregivers state that they cannot leave their loved ones alone.
  • Spend an average of 62.6 hours/week caring for a loved one.
  • Nearly 60% of those caring for an older adult work full time
  • 6% of employed caregivers give up work to take care of their loved ones.
  • 74% say they have their own health concerns.

Without respite care for their loved ones, family members cannot maintain employment or secure work outside the home as these impaired family members require ongoing, careful supervision.

Without transportation services, older adults cannot carry out their daily living functions such as grocery shopping, attending social events, participating in community activities or getting to doctor’s appointments.

 

FSW Offers Solutions

MY SECOND HOME AND ITS INTERGENERATIONAL JEWEL  PROGRAM

My Second Home  provides critical support to families and caregivers of cognitively impaired older adults so they may have respite from the stress of care giving and continue to be employed.

Social day programs are one-third the cost of home care and one-fifth the cost of nursing home placement

  • 90 Frail older adults from age 56 to 97 years old with physical and/or cognitive impairments.  80% of the MSH population has some form of cognitive impairment from mild memory loss to Alzheimer’s and other dementias
  • 65% female, 35% male
  • 70% Caucasian, 21% Latino, 8% African American, 1% Asian

Children:

  • 140 Children from 3 months to 11 years old
  • 20 Special needs children under five years of age
  • 57% male, 43% female
  • 60% Caucasian, 32% Latino, 5% African American, 3% Asian
  • Autistic adolescents and young children from area school

 

Both populations:

  • Culturally and economically diverse underserved children and older adults in the local community
  • 50% low and moderate income levels
  • Working parents, many of whom are part of the “Sandwich Generation,” caring for their aging parent and young children.  One of our older adults attends My Second Home while his grandson attends Mount Kisco Child Care Center.
  • Caregivers of older adults who are able to get much needed respite while loved ones attend the program.

RIDE CONNECT

Service Area: 

  • Bedford
  • Lewisboro/Katonah
  • North Castle
  • North Salem
  • Mt. Kisco
  • Pound Ridge
  • Somers
  • 167,334     # People 60+/Westchester
  • 13,407       # People 60+/RideConnect Region
  • 6,702         # People over 75 in Ride Connect Region
  • 2,593         # Frail/Disabled
  • 2,546         Approx. # Caregivers for 60+ Pop.A

 

Need: With approximately 35 million people in the United States over the age of 65 and an expectation that this number will rise to 55 million by the year 2020, there is an increased need for programs that are cost effective while enabling older adults to remain familiar surroundings and actively engaged in their home communities for as long as possible. Currently, 18- 20% of older adults are estimated to suffer from depression, and more are at risk because of isolation and lack of socialization. 60% of the elderly with depression do not receive proper treatment.  Furthermore, medicare does not cover costs of mental health care for the elderly.

Social intervention – with social model programs like My Second Home –  provide the  ideal way to address depression in older adults.  Few, however, are able to sustain themselves as unlike the more costly medical model, they are not Medicaid reimbursable.   Too often older adults are forced out of their home communities into more institutional settings before it is truly necessary due to lack of reasonable alternatives.

Four social model adult day programs exist in our county, but ours is the only one with on-site intergenerational programming and a dedicated Intergenerational Coordinator.  Not too long ago, many families lived with two, three, or even four generations under one roof, or at least within close proximity of each other.  Now, according to a recent survey by AARP, 45% of grandparents live more than 200 miles from their most distant grandchild. The U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates that 44 percent of Americans have an aging parent and children under the age of 21 to care for, thus intergenerational centers such as ours can be a solution for both age groups, while providing needed respite and support for caregivers.

Call Center

  • Location:  116 Radio Circle, Mount Kisco, NY
  • Will be staffed by full time call center operators, Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm
  • Information will be available 24×7 via an interactive website
  • Will coordinate rides across taxi, volunteer driver organizations, town recreation departments, home health agencies
  • Customer service will be top priority