Community Care Corps
The number of adults aged 65 and older living in the United States is expected to double to 70 million people by 2030.[i] Many older adults need of non-medical assistance to continue living in their homes and, as a result, each year, about 44 million Americans provide 37 billion hours of unpaid, informal care for older adults and individuals with chronic illnesses.[ii]
These statistics help highlight the critical importance of supporting of family caregivers. With a majority of adults wishing to live in their homes and communities as they age, the Aging Network seeks opportunities to empower older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers to maintain their independence, health and well-being, while remaining in their communities.
The Community Care Corps is administered by the Oasis Institute with support from USAging, the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) and the Altarum Institute with funding from the Administration for Community Living (ACL). This national program awards grants to local organizations across the country to establish, enhance and grow innovative volunteer programs. The grantees implement innovative models in which local volunteers assist older adults, people with disabilities or family caregivers with non-medical care in their own homes in order to help maintain their independence.
To learn more about this volunteer-based paradigm for providing services and supports to older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers, visit the Community Care Corps website at www.communitycarecorps.org.
Mary Ek, Director, Community Capacity Building