Frederick County, Maryland is projected to have the highest growth in the senior population in Maryland within the next couple of years, according to county officials.
“Within five years our senior population will exceed our children in school,” said Advocates for the Aging of Frederick County Board President, Melanie Cox.
It was a full room at Winchester Hall on Monday morning as Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin hosted a roundtable discussion about issues affecting seniors.
“Maybe it’s building on what we already have in place, agencies within the county working together the awareness of the needs of seniors — of our growing senior population of our multiple different needs,” added Cox.
One of the main initiatives were addressing affordable housing for seniors, transportation, meals, and the need for services that are not covered under Medicare and Medicaid. Among the round table participants was Melanie Cox, Board President for the nonprofit.. Advocates for the Aging of Frederick County, Maryland.
“And identifying both best practices and needs and learning from a good data system that tells us what’s working, and what is not working,” Cox added.
“It’s good to see the initiatives here in Frederick County to help the senior population, but they need a strong federal partnership… so protecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid that came across loud and clear,” said Senator Ben Cardin.
Senator Ben Cardin says he is well aware of these issues, and he will work towards addressing them.
“To provide more flexibility, and dealing with how they provide services to our seniors including the fact that home health and home visits are important ingredients…transportation needs are important…so I took away a list of what I think they would like to see a fellow partnership and I’ll take that back to our federal delegation,” added Senator Cardin.
Round table participants also included the Director of the Frederick County Senior Services division, Frederick County’s Health Officer, as well as other local elected officials and representatives that help provide services to seniors.