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Lake County’s older adult population is on the rise. In 2000, adults 60 and older made up 23.5% of Lake County’s overall population. That percentage grew to 28.7% in 2010 and again to 32.1% in 2017 (U.S. Census Bureau). That’s an increase of 8.6%. Oregon’s 60-and-older population grew by 6.5% over the same period. In 2017, seniors accounted for 23.1% of the state’s total population.

As our culture continues to interact more and more online, relationships in the real world are suffering. Social isolation can be deadly, and many older adults in Lake County are hungry for company. They could use someone to drop by regularly for a visit, or maybe someone to take them to the store or help them with some housework. In some cases, adding grab bars or a ramp could be the difference between a senior’s ability to remain at home.

That’s where Outback Strong Village comes in. If you are an older adult who could use a little help, or if you’re someone who could donate time or skills to help a neighbor in need, this is the program for you. Contact Daphne Greer, the Lake County coordinator for the Village program, at (541) 947-4966 or outbackstrongvillagevolunteers@gmail.com.

This program is supported by Klamath and Lake Counties Council on Aging.