Public input needed for Florence County plan on aging

FLORENCE, Wis. — Are you an older adult? A caregiver? An adult living with a disability? A service provider?

Your input is needed for the Florence County 2019-2021 Plan on Aging.

This is the year the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County develops the next three-year plan for how the ADRC will create, improve or expand on programs and services for older adults and adults with disabilities living in Florence County.

While the creation of the plan is a requirement for a portion of ADRC funding, it is also an important opportunity to discover and implement issues and programs that are valued by the people within our community. Developing this plan helps to ensure the ADRC is moving in the right direction with programming choices.

The population of Florence County residents age 60 and older is projected to be nearly 38 percent by 2020 and more than 43 percent by 2025. To gain a bit of perspective, the population of Wisconsin residents age 60 and older is currently 21.5 percent. This aging trend is something that will play a large role in what and how services are offered to older adults.

To start this process, individuals in the community are asked to fill out a survey available online. It can be accessed from the ADRC website by going to www.florencecountywi.com and clicking on Aging and Disability Resource Center or by going directly to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LDD7ZP7.

Those who prefer to speak with someone to complete the survey or who do not have access to the internet can contact the ADRC office at 715-528-4890 or stop in the office in the lower level of the Florence County Courthouse at 501 Lake Ave. in Florence. Staff are happy to assist in completing the survey.

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