Oct. 15, 2015 | CONCORD
By Liz Harvey
This article is one in a series about the organizations supported by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.
Looking forward we know that an aging population in our towns, challenging economic times for many and amplified stresses in our world will increase the demand for elder services. A look at our nation’s demographics reveals that the older cohort numbers will keep climbing until the year 2030 and will hold steady at these very high levels until 2050.
We also know that within Concord and Carlisle lies an array of non-profit organizations dedicated to serving the needs of our aging population. These organizations are providing seniors with opportunities that enhance their physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs.
Currently in Carlisle 20 percent of the total population is comprised of seniors. The Carlisle Council on Aging serves this community in a number of ways: information referrals, transportation to appointments, medical equipment, educational and exercise programs and respite care. The Carlisle COA also offers monthly lunches, book groups, exercise classes and a multitude of opportunities for seniors to come together as a community.