Truman Heartland: Community for All Ages Coalition

Truman Heartland Community Foundation

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 70 members from all sectors of our community: businesses, Chambers of Commerce, City Government, the Faith Community, Health Care, Nonprofits, Developers. 

This year the Community Foundation was awarded a MARC Regional Leadership Award for our work with the Community For All Ages Coalition. Watch the video below for a look at the impact the Coalition has had on our region.

3 Primary Focus Areas

Connecting Senior and Care Givers with Information and Resources

The Coalition is working to ensure that every senior (and/or their family members) who needs services knows about and has easy access to quality information and clearly understands how to access the resources available. Secondly, to identify gaps in needed services and resources and work together to address those gaps.

Mobility/Transportation Needs

The Coalition is working to ensure that seniors have access to affordable transportation services so their mobility and independence is not unduly limited when they decide they do not wish to drive or are unable to drive.

Social/Civic Engagement

The Coalition is working to ensure that our Eastern Jackson County community effectively harnesses the energy and talents of our growing retiree population to improve area communities.

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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