The senior population of Utah has grown by 35% since 2000, making it one of the fastest growing senior sectors in the country. With people living longer, the number of seniors in Utah is expected to increase even more over the next few decades. The Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) now has the daunting task of providing services and programs for seniors to ensure that they remain healthy and happy.
Those programs include:
-- Adult Protective Services: Protecting seniors from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
-- Caregiver Support Program: Helping caregivers who are taking care of family members.
-- In-Home Services: A wide array of services delivered directly to the home in order to keep seniors living in their own homes for as long as possible.
-- Long-Term Care Ombudsman: Advocating for the rights of residents living in long-term care facilities.
-- Meals: Nutrition education, meals delivered to homebound seniors and meals served at senior centers.
-- Medicaid Aging Waiver: In-home services for frail, low-income seniors.
-- Senior Health Insurance Information Program: Better known as SHIP, it offers unbiased counseling and information on Medicare.
-- Transportation: Helping seniors get to medical appointments, picking up medication or taking care of personal business needs.
It is vital for all seniors in Utah to at least consider getting a medical alert system. Such a system can help seniors remain in their own homes longer, since they will be constantly monitored in the event of an emergency. This could help them avoid having to move to a long-term care facility.
So many seniors are active these days, and the medical alert industry has recognized this. There are now small mobile medical alert devices that are equipped with GPS and cellular technology that you can take with you everywhere, so you will be monitored wherever you go.
There are no medical alert companies that operate solely in Utah; all companies are national so they operate in every state. To compare the services offered by more than a dozen top companies, click here.
Utah has a special program to honor residents who have reached the incredible milestone of 100 years of age. The Centenarian Celebration is an annual luncheon that gives those lucky seniors “an opportunity to shake hands with our State’s leader and time for us younger Utahns to gain a bit of wisdom.
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