Addressing Need for Senior Care with Aging Baby Boomer Population

December 05, 2018 07:10 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- The demand for senior care is expected to rise as the baby booming population enters early retirement over the next decade. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there are more than 23, 000 people 65 years old and older in Olmsted County. The Minnesota State Demographic Center estimates by 2020, the 65+ population will surpass the 5 - 17 population for the first time in history.

A program in Rochester is working to meet the need.


When you hear the word "Day Care" children often come to mind.

“Yes child care is a real concern as it is everywhere but I think it's important to try and be open minded and aware that that's not the only need in this community,” said Rebecca Snapp, the Director of Community Engagement for the Rochester Salvation Army.

A few decades ago, the Salvation Army started a day program for adults. Anyone living with a physical or neurological condition is welcome.

“Whether it be that they had a stroke and they have some weakness on one side or they have dementia or Alzheimer's,” said Kandi Kruger, the Activities Coordinator for the Caring Partners Adult Day Program.

Most of their clients are seniors.

“As the baby booming generation comes to a point where they are all retiring and they are all getting to a point they need this care, this is something we are going to need more and more in the community,” said Snapp.

The day program offers an alternative to assisted living facilities and in-home care.

“This is the type of thing where it's about five times less expensive and it's and it's something that's actually affordable for a family,” said Snapp.

Because it's often family member a spouse or a child who ends up taking on a caregiver role. The program is centered on the idea they need a break sometimes.

“It gives their caregivers something to look forward to so they can go grocery shopping and get some rest, or keep working even,” said Snapp.

Something Aaron Lagergren can attest to. His wife, Kiley Lagergren, was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease in 2009. “I've got a job that basically I work 12 hour days 5 days a week. Plus that and trying to raise the three boys at the same time, it became way too much of a handful,” he said.

Now the program has given Aaron more time to spend with his children and peace of mind.

While most of Kiley’s peers are older, Aaron says the program helps with her socialization.

71-year-old Barbara Algritt is a client. She visits the program a few times a week. She says she enjoys bingo, movies and the shopping trips most.

“We do need a daycare center so we can get going and get out so they don't just fade away.


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