Cerro Gordo County’s older population is growing at a higher rate than other age groups within our County. Nearly 20% of the total population is ages 65 and older and many are considering how and where to live out their retirement years. Not surprisingly, most people prefer to age in their homes and communities instead of in an institution. The challenges and opportunities of an aging population are beginning to change Cerro Gordo County in services, landscapes and interactions. We at the Cerro Gordo County Health Department have been developing a system to promote a community in which older adults are healthy, active, engaged and supported. We are meeting with area organizations and individuals to remove barriers to high quality aging. Our emphasis is on shifting the community culture to overlay system and structure changes to meet our population’s needs. Our pillars of changing the community are:
2.) Community Environment & Public Policy
4.) Aging Care
5.) Social Access
6.) Professional Development
These pillars house multiple initiatives like: transportation initiatives (walking, parking, street crossing, paratransit, larger signage, wider lanes), suitable housing stock, mixed use zoning, mixed generation neighborhoods, family caregiver supports, policy change to housing tax, financial assistance for home repair, legal protection, safe environments, neighborhood skill sharing service, fall prevention, chore service, home safety, coordinated in-home/institution medical care (primary, specialist, nursing, diabetes prevention, telehealth), social engagement, community education, sustainable funding and so much more. Take a moment to review our Aging in Place health brief, look at some of the data we have gathered and provide us feedback.