Each year, Senior Concerns helps thousands of seniors and caregivers:
- Providing more than 56,000 hours of social and cognitive stimulation through our Adult Day Program to enhance their quality of life and enable them to live in their own homes.
- Offering close to 150 family caregivers vital respite from their caregiving duties.
- Awarding $140,000 in scholarships to seniors in need of support services at the Adult Day Program and Meals On Wheels.
- Delivering more than 30,000 nutritious, freshly prepared meals to homebound seniors in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park.
- Advocating and informing some 6,000 seniors on issues like Social Security, health care and housing.
- Supporting more than 5,000 family caregivers with services, information and emotional assistance.
- Providing workshops, support groups, and pro bono financial and legal services to seniors and caregivers.
A Tradition of Serving Older Adults and Their Family Caregivers
Senior Concerns was founded in 1975 as a result of the vision of a forward thinking group of citizens who saw the need to transform how we age within the context of community and community-based support services
Serving eastern Ventura County and western Los Angeles County, Senior Concerns’ focus is on enabling people to proactively and positively plan and provide for their futures to create the best possile second half of life. Senior Concerns’ wide rage of programs are aimed at creating a positive aging experience for family caregivers and for all adults in our community.
Our comprehensive scope of services include an Adult Day Program (the only such program in the Conejo Valley) for seniors with cognitive or physical impairments, multiple nutrition programs including Meals On Wheels and congregate meals, a Caregiver Support Center, Senior Advocacy, pro bono legal and financial services, information and referrals, and community education on aging’s challenges and opportunities.
Senior Concerns is repeatedly recognized for its work in the community. In 2013, we were named one of the Top 100 Regional Philanthopies by CSQ Magazine. The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce named Senior Concerns Nonprofit Organization of the Year in 2013 and 2014. We consistently receive the highest ratings possible from both GudeStar and Charity Navigator.
To learn more about the impact Senior Concerns has had on the community, as well as our plans for the coming year, please download our Community Impact Report 2015.
Looking Towards the Future
The numbers are staggering:
- The population age 65+ is expected to more than double between 2012 and 2060, from 43.1 million to 92 million.
- The 85+ population is projected to more than triple from 5.9 million to 18.2 million, reaching 4.3 percent of the total population.
- On in eight in the age 65+ population will experience some form of dementia; one in two in the age 85+ group.
- Caregiving is considered the fastest growing unpaid profession in this country. The national alliance for Caregiving estimates there are more than 67 million Americans providing care to a family member.
- 78 million Baby Boomers are moving into senior hood. Many are not aware of or prepared for the probabilities and possibilities of later life.
At Senior Concerns, we recognize that aging in community is important because it is at the core of how we live every day. We converse with neighbors or bring food to a sick friend. Being connected and relying on one another is what makes us vital, especially as we age.
Looking towards the future, we will see the need for our services increase year after year as we see a growth in the needs of our senior and caregiver populations.
Senior Concerns is committed to improving our offereings as new models reveal themselves. Our aim is to walk with the Baby Boomer generation every step of the way, developing new programs and services that meet the needs of an aging population, and helping ensure our community is “the best place to grow old.”
Senior Concerns charges a low daily fee for the Adult Day Program and Meals On Wheels. All other programs are provided free of charge, but donations are welcome. For those unable to afford the cost of the Adult Day and Meals On Wheels programs, we provice scholarships. Nobody is ever turned away regardless of ability to pay. Funding is provided through the generosity of corporate, foundation and government grants, as well as through the support of generous individuals in our community.