The health and independence of Mat-Su's aging citizens is one of the key focus areas of the foundation. The rate of population growth among the 65 and older demographic in the Mat-Su is one of the highest in the nation, growing. at nearly four times the national rate. The number of Mat-Su residents age 65-to-74 group will grow 41.3 percent, and the age 75 to 84 group will grow 39.9 percent by 2020. The Mat-Su Health Foundation recently published the Mat-Su Senior Environmental Scan that offers recommendations about how the community can help Mat-Su's older citizens thrive as they age. This report may be downloaded here.
The Mat-Su Seniors Services Environmental Scan builds upon research previously commissioned, the Mat-Su Regional Plan for the Delivery of Senior Services (published in 2011 and updated in 2016), which looked at the needs of older people across the long term care continuum.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation staff works with community-based senior services providers and the State of Alaska Department of Senior and Disability Services to implement recommendations from these research projects.
Senior Services Task Force
In 2011 the Mat-Su Health Foundation collaborated with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Denali Commission, Rasmuson Foundation and United Way of Mat- Su to commission a Mat-Su Regional Plan for the Delivery of Senior Services. The report made a series of recommendations for policy change and systems restructure at both the state and local levels.
In 2013, MSHF convened a Senior Services Task Force to prioritize and monitor implementation of the Plan.
To learn more, view the Executive Summary or of the entire Mat-Su Regional Plan for the Delivery of Senior Services.
An Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is now open here in the Mat-Su. The Mat-Su ADRC can help seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers find services and support. The ADRC is located at 3161 E. Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Suite 2. and the phone number is (907) 373-3632.