Officials Hold Seminar to Ensure Proper Care for Area Seniors
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Mesa County continues to be at the forefront of attracting retirees and officials want to make sure they're properly cared for.
For the 12th year in a row, the Area Agency on Aging held their annual Caregiver's Toolbox Conference.
At the meeting, these individuals learned more about several issues including fall prevention, chronic disease and diabetes.
Officials say it’s crucial to have seminars like this one because our local senior population is growing at a constant 2 percent each year.
“The population of over 60 in Mesa County is at 19.6 percent which is higher than most of the other counties around,” said David Norman, director of Area Agency on Aging. “Everyone is waiting for the ‘age wave’ to come, but it’s already here in Mesa County and has been for several years.”
Officials say there are nearly 2,800 households in the area providing care to someone over the age of 70.
Since officials started this seminar, other surrounding counties have started up similar conferences as well.