Initiatives & Impact

Readying our Communities for the Next Generation of Retirees

Baby Boomers are turning age 65 at the rate of 500 people every month here in our Eastern Jackson County Community.

In 2020 persons over age 65 will be 20% of our population, up from 12% in 2013. Does this present a challenge or an opportunity? We believe yes and yes. Your Community Foundation is leading an initiative to enable our community to work together to respond to both the challenges and the opportunities of this age wave.

Our Community for all Ages Coalition has more than 60 members from all sectors of our community: businesses, Chambers of Commerce, City Government, the Faith Community, Health Care, Nonprofits, Developers.

3 Primary Focus Areas

Older Adult Mobility/Transportation

Older Adult Mobility/Transportation work underway

  • Convening local city leaders to plan for transportation for older adults when they are no longer able or do not wish to drive (a big challenge in our car-centric suburban area).
  • Partnering with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to bring services like the taxi voucher program to our Eastern Jackson County community.
  • Representing the community by serving on the Mobility Advisory Committee which makes recommendations on federal grant requests for older adult and disabled transportation services.

Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement work underway

  • Commissioned a study by the UMKC Consortium for Aging in Community, "Civic Engagement in our Eastern Jackson County Community [PDF]," in order to develop a plan that will enable the growing number of older adults in our community to stay actively engaged in their retirement years. (It’s good for their physical and mental health, good for the nonprofits and good for our community)
  • Developing a research based plan for civic engagement of older adults to effectively reach out to older adults, provide them with opportunities for civic engagement and remove barriers to their participation.
  • Introducing major employers in the area to a new benefit for those in their workforce who could benefit by doing life planning for their retirement, the “Explore Your Future” program by Coming of Age.

With a growing number of retirees who are healthy and living longer than previous generations we believe we have a “Longevity Bonus” that our community needs to tap into.

Partners with Mid-America Regional Council on their Kansas City Communities for All Ages (a metro-wide program)

Partnering with MARC’s Kansas City Communities for All Ages Initiative

Actively serve on the Advisory Board and chair their Civic Engagement Committee.

Connecting local cities to MARC’s Community for All Ages Recognition program with Raytown, Independence, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit participating.

Supporting efforts to bring Age Mastery Program of the National Council on Aging to our community.

8 Resources and Reports related to our work

  1. A Study of Civic Engagement Among Older Adults in Eastern Jackson County [PDF] commissioned by Truman Heartland Community Foundation and published by Consortium for Aging in Community University of Missouri - Kansas City
  2. LINC for Care Website (resources for seniors) 
  3. MARC’s Community for All Ages Initiative Web Page “The Case for Age-Friendly Communities” published by Grantmakers in Aging Feb 2016
  4. “Giving in Retirement: America’s Longevity Bonus” [PDF] published by Merrill Lynch in partnership with Age Wave.
  5. “Making Your Community Work for All Ages- A Toolkit for Cities” [PDF] published by MARC
  6. “Communities for All Ages Idea Book” [PDF] for home renovations to age in place
  7. “Universal Design-How Philanthropic Investment Can Help Everyone” [PDF] published by MARC
  8. “The Business Case for Age Friendly Communities” [PDF] published by Grantmakers In Aging.
  9. “Economic Impact of An Aging Population” [PDF] published by MARC

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