This is a complete list of where to find Delaware senior services, aging information, area agencies on aging, and related links.
With its residents numbering just under one million, Delaware is the fifth-smallest state in the United States. 25% of Delaware’s population is over the age of 60, 19.4% of Delaware’s population is over 65, and over 18,000 residents of Delaware are over 85 years old. By 2040, the latter number is expected to balloon by 255% in Sussex, the state’s oldest county.
7.3% of the senior citizen population of Delaware lives in poverty, with about 10% experiencing food insecurity. 94% of seniors have a dedicated healthcare professional, but 3.6% of seniors avoided getting medical care because of concerns about the cost of healthcare. For every 100,000 people over the age of 65, there are 26.5 geriatric providers. Of the 65 and older population in Delaware, about 19,000 people have Alzheimer’s disease and 16.4% of the population reports being in frequent physical distress. 16.1% report having experienced a fall.
28.7% of people over the age of 60 are part of Delaware’s workforce. The state offers a Senior Community Service Employment Program that has subsidized training and is aimed at providing part-time employment for residents over 55 with an income at or below 125% of the poverty level. Overall, the state spends $54 on community support expenditures for each of its residents older than 60.
More than 215,000 residents of Delaware are enrolled in Medicare – that’s over one in five of every person in the state. 86% of Medicare enrollees in Delaware are over the age of 65; others are eligible due to disability. Of the Medicare beneficiaries who are admitted to the hospital, 16% of those between the ages of 65-74 are readmitted in less than 30 days.
There are resources available for senior citizens and caregivers in Delaware – if you know where to look. Below, you’ll find links to organizations and programs throughout the state that can offer assistance, support, and opportunities for social engagement.
Area Agencies on Aging
- AAA services are provided by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities
- Attorney General’s Office
- Commission of Veterans Affairs
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program – established in each state by the Older Americans Act to enhance the quality of life, improve care, protect rights, and promote the dignity of residents in a long-term care facility.
State Associations and Non-Profits
- AARP of Delaware
- Alzheimer’s Association – Delaware Valley Chapter
- Delaware Aging Network – an Aging-in-Place Initiative
- Legal Services Corporation of Delaware – for low-income residents
Reports and Information
- Advance Health Care Directive (.pdf)
- Coma Code for Caregivers (.pdf)
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Resource Book (.pdf)
- Guide to Services For Older Delawareans and Persons with Disabilities (.pdf)
- How to Select Long-Term Care (.pdf)
- State Plan on Aging