Living Well

10 THE BEST OF MONTEREY BAY® LIVING WELL 2024-2025 Message From the Area Agency on Aging Dear residents of Monterey County, The senior population is growing, living longer, is more diverse, and have increasingly complex needs. According to a statewide report (California 2030, January 2024), current and emerging trends for older Californians include facing: 1. Housing shortages and homelessness 2. Caregiving shortages 3. Support services shortages 4. Increased mental and behavioral health challenges. 5. Increased isolation, loneliness, Alzheimer’s, and dementia, and 6. Financial vulnerability Locally, over 90,000 seniors residing in Monterey County are age 60 or older and are expected to represent a quarter of the population by 2030. Ensuring that needed services meet the challenges of this growing population will be critical. This is especially true for seniors living in rural areas and underserved communities due to isolation, accessibility issues, and transportation barriers. Building capacity, resources, and access to critical services that serve elders, individuals with disabilities, caregivers, and their families will continue to be a priority for the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) staff locally, statewide, and nationally. The County of Monterey’s AAA, along with a dedicated network of community service providers and government agencies, offers a range of services and supports. Together, we can assist older adults in living at home and in their communities with optimal health, wellbeing, independence, and dignity. I want to acknowledge and thank the AAA Advisory Council members who volunteer their time to lend their voices and advocate for the needs of seniors in our community. I hope you find this updated Senior and Disability Resource Guide helpful, and I wish you and your families good health and a safe place to call home filled with good food, family, and friends. Respectfully, Diana Jimenez County of Monterey, AAA Director & Aging and Adult Services Deputy Director Dear Residents of Monterey County, The Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council is pleased to present its 2024 – 2025 Aging and Disability Resource Guide in collaboration with Monterey County Weekly. The Advisory Council provides input, guidance, and support to the Area Agency on Aging on matters important to seniors, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. We extend our appreciation to the staff of the AAA and the many professionals in the aging service network that provide caring support and comfort to many of our Senior Citizens and Disabled here in Monterey County. We salute you. We also want to thank the first responders and the public who are risking their lives to help our seniors and disabled during the atmospheric river storms that seem never to end and are once again experiencing them. Your kindness and generosity to our seniors, disabled, and the public have not gone unnoticed. Times like these are when Monterey County residents pull together to help each other, making our County a wonderful place to live, raise children, work, and enjoy our beautiful scenic views. Richard Kuehn, Advisory Council Chair Monterey County wishes to thank the following members for their continued participation on and commitment to the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council: Richard Kuehn, Advisory Council Chair Aimee Cuda, Advisory Council Vice Chair Kathybelle Barlow Bobbie Blakeney Jessica McKillip Kontrena McPheter Alicia Rodriguez JoAnne Roth Jose Vazquez We accept voluntary contributions for services we provide to the community through the Area Agency on Aging. There is no obligation to contribute; it is purely voluntary. No eligible individual shall be denied service because of failure or inability to contribute. Contributions will be private and confidential to respect the individual’s contribution or lack of contribution. If at any time you would like to contribute to this program, please make a check payable to Monterey County Area Agency on Aging, reference “IRA voluntary contribution” and select which program service (Community Education, Information & Assistance, Public Information, Transportation) you would like to contribute to. Mail check to: Attn: AAA Fiscal Officer 1000 S. Main Street, Ste. 306 Salinas, CA 93901