Catawba County Aging Services Plan 2016 - 2020
In 2009, the Catawba County Aging Leadership Planning team was formed to engage in a collaborative planning process to determine Catawba County’s “aging readiness” to provide programs, policies, and services that meet the needs of the growing senior population. The result of this process was development of the 2011-2015 Catawba County Aging Plan. The Catawba County Aging Coalition was formed to monitor and assist with the implementation of the Aging Plan objectives.
In 2015, the Catawba County Aging Coalition conducted a community wide survey. This survey targeted Catawba County seniors, caregivers, and professionals in the aging field. There were over 500 responses to the survey. The purpose of this survey was to garner relevant information that could be utilized to update the Aging Plan. The results of the survey are located beginning on page 21 in Exhibit 2.
During the first half of 2016, the Catawba County Aging Coalition embarked on revising the Aging Plan. The plan includes six goal areas with corresponding strategies and measures of success. The six overarching goals include:
Assisting older adults and their families to make informed choices;
Empowering older adults to remain independent through the availability of community based services and supports;
Health and wellness;
Protecting the safety and rights of older and vulnerable adults
Volunteerism and social opportunities; and
Ensuring public awareness and responsiveness to the needs of older adults.