Preparing for the Silver Tsunami in McHenry County

 

 

Projections from the U.S. Census Bureau point to 2030 as a milestone year in which older people will actually outnumber children for the first time in history.

The data also estimates one in every five Americans will be retirement age by that year. And come 2035 some 78 million people will be over 65, while 76.7 million will be 18 or younger.

What do these staggering figures mean? That it is critical for healthcare organizations, insurance companies and affordable housing developers to begin preparing now for what has been dubbed the ‘Silver Tsunami.’

The Senior Care Volunteer Network is one not-for-profit program already working to meet the demands for this major transformative demographic shift.

The oldest baby boomers have crossed the 70-year old threshold, and this generation was the first to live essentially their entire lives in a car-dependent society.

To that end, SCVN offers transportation to McHenry County seniors at no cost to life-critical, life-essential and life-enriching appointments.

“Our volunteers drove over 152,000 miles last year, completed 8,929 rides, and provided 19,982 hours of service to the seniors of McHenry County—providing savings to seniors and their families of $493,355,” Outreach Coordinator Laura Turasky said.

As the number of seniors enrolled in Senior Care Volunteer Network’s transportation program grows, so does the need for volunteers. Want to help?

“The community can support SCVN’s mission by donating their time, talent or treasure,” Turasky said.

An hour is all it takes to make a real difference in the life of a senior who needs you.

Financial support is also welcome. Donations give Senior Care Volunteer Network the necessary funds to continue to provide seniors the best support necessary to live independently in their own homes.

Senior Care Volunteer Network : 42 East Street Suite C : Crystal Lake, IL 60014 : 815.455.3120 : https://www.scvnmchenrycounty.org/