Meeting the physical, mental and emotional needs of an aging population
According to the U.S. Census, by 2030, 25% of America's population will be 65 years and older. In our area, nearly half of this population will have some form of disability as a result of aging.
While we cannot reverse the debilitating effects of old age, we can begin to prepare to meet the physical, mental and emotional demands of our country's aging population. Catholic Charities provides services for older adults that respond to those demands through assistance and referrals to a network of community partners.
Purpose of the Program
Catholic Charities offers flexible and mobile services for the elderly that will enhance their quality of life. The goal is to support both physical and emotional independence. Our social work staff is sensitive to the needs of older adults.
- Individual case management
- Intake and assessment of individual needs
- Professional counseling
- Assistance in completing required forms
- Compassionate listening
- Linkages to other social service organizations
We have designed our senior program to meet the physical, social, emotional and material needs of each individual. The services may occur in their own homes, in office settings, parishes or other locations. We measure our success based on each individual client's ability to make progress toward the goals they set.
- Clients become familiar with state- and county-funded adult and aging programs.
- They receive support and guidance in accessing these programs, including the full range of benefits for senior adults of which they or their family caregivers may not be aware.
- They experience a stronger sense of safety and well-being.
Services for Older Adults coordinates with other Catholic Charities programs in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill Counties and also works cooperatively with volunteer initiatives of Parish Outreach.
Prime Time Clubs
Based in parishes, Prime Time Clubs provide a place where seniors can meet regularly to share friendship and common concerns. Its focus includes the spiritual, intellectual, and social needs of its members.
Catholic Charities Services for Older Adults welcomes opportunities to collaborate and coordinate with other related community organizations. Partnerships with similar social service programs share information and resources.
Funding for the Senior Services Program is provided by a substantial allocation from the Strengthening Our Future in Faith (SOFF) campaign of the Diocesesan acknowledgement of the importance placed by the church on the needs of the elderly.