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), 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.